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Chicago girl, 15, gang-raped on Facebook live and none of those who watched called police, authorities say

By WITW Staff on March 21, 2017

A 15-year-old girl was gang-raped by a group of men or boys who broadcast the brutal crime on Facebook live, Chicago police said on Tuesday. About 40 people watched the disturbing video as it was streamed live on the social media network, authorities said, but not one bothered to call police and report the crime.

The victim’s mother approached Chicago’s police superintendent, Eddie Johnson, the head of the department, as he was leaving a station on the city’s West Side on Sunday and informed him about the attack on her daughter. The woman reportedly showed Johnson screenshots of the attack and said her daughter was missing. Johnson then assigned a number of detectives to the case. Police said the detectives found the girl Tuesday morning walking in her neighborhood just a few blocks from her home, according to Fox News. She has been reunited her with her family and is said to be in good condition.

Johnson was reportedly shaken after watching footage of the crime on Facebook — not only by the brutality of the attack being carried out by a group of five or six males, but by the fact that there were “40 or so live viewers and no one thought to call authorities.” Police said the girl told detectives that she knows at least one of her attackers, but the rest were unfamiliar to her. No arrests have yet to be made.

Read the full story at The Associated Press.


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