The soaring crime rate in Chicago and a violent videotaped attack on a mentally disabled man were on President Barack Obama’s mind Thursday.
Obama publicly referred to a Facebook Live clip of four attackers assaulting an unidentified 18-year-old White disabled male as “despicable,” while the Cook County state’s attorney filing hate crimes charges against four African-American Chicago teens arrested for the crime, reports the Chicago Sun Times.
The teens as Jordan Hill, 18, Tesfaye Cooper, 18, Brittany Covington, 28, and Tanishia Covington, 24, writes the news outlet:
“What we have seen as surfacing, I think, are a lot of problems that have been there a long time,” Obama told CBS2. “Whether it’s tensions between police and communities, hate crimes of the despicable sort that has just now recently surfaced on Facebook.”
The Facebook video has focused a spotlight on crime in Chicago in advance of Obama’s Tuesday return to his adopted hometown to deliver his farewell address at McCormick Place.
Obama discussed the video beating and Chicago’s soaring murder rate and violence in interviews at the White House with reporters from five Chicago television stations.
The teens — who also face additional counts of aggravated kidnapping, battery and unlawful restraint — will appear in court Friday afternoon after the videotaped crime was erroneously linked to Black Lives Matter with police having found no supporting evidence, reports The Washington Post.
SOURCE: Chicago Sun Times, The Washington Post
NEWS ROUNDUP: President Obama To Deliver Farewell Address In Chicago…AND MORE
Chicago Murder Rate Reaches 20-Year High
President Obama Condemns Attack On Chicago Mentally Disabled Man was originally published on newsone.com
Deitrick Haddon Ex-wife -- Damita Haddon, Finally Breaks Her Silence!
What is Good Friday? Why is it called Good Friday?
Keeping Your Focus on Jesus – A Motivational Moment
Watch Night 1 of Our Praise Virtual Spring Revival Featuring The Chosen 4 and Dr. Ralph A. Martino Sr.
Warning: What You Need To Know About Scam Using Urban One-Radio Name
Tickets On Sale Now: The 15th Annual Spirit of Praise October 14th at Reid Temple AME
3 Things To Remember During Holy Week
See Tim Bowman Jr. Live At The 15th Annual Spirit of Praise