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Chicago: Mentally challenged man’s assault aired on Facebook Live, with Attackers shouting Obscenities against Donald Trump

In the assault case of a mentally challenged civilian that aired on facebook live, four suspects have been taken into custody

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New York, Jan 5, 2017: Four people have been arrested by the Chicago police after a Facebook Live video showed a reportedly mentally disabled man being brutally beaten with the attackers shouting obscenities against President-elect Donald Trump.

According to a report in the Chicago Tribune, the video showed a group of people, including a woman, cutting the shirt off a white man with his mouth taped shut, cutting his hair off with a knife and pushing his head with foot and using profanity against Trump and “white people”.

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The police believes the victim had disappeared from his residence and then met someone he mistook for a friend, leading to his involvement with a group of people who also allegedly stole a van.

“Not long after police found the man on Tuesday, officers were called to the home in the 3300 block of West Lexington about 5:25 p.m., and found signs of a struggle and property damage that they linked to the man,” the report said quoting the police.

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“The man was taken to a local hospital for treatment and later discharged,” the report noted.

The original video had been removed by Wednesday evening but it was re-posted widely by people on YouTube and other sites.

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“It’s sickening. It makes you wonder what would make individuals treat somebody like that. I have been a cop for 28 years and I have seen things that you should not see. It still amazes me how you still see things that you just should not,” said Eddie Johnson, Superintendent, Chicago Police.

Police is questioning the four accused and has taken videotaped statements from them. (IANS)

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Twitter Suspends Accounts of Anti-trump Activists

However, in a post on Facebook, the brothers denied all claims against them

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Micro-blogging site Twitter has permanently suspended accounts of two anti-Donald Trump political activists — Ed and Brian Krassenstein with 925,000 and 700,000 followers, respectively.

The Krassenstein brothers lost access to Twitter after they allegedly created and used multiple fake accounts to expand their reach.

“The Twitter Rules apply to everyone. Operating multiple fake accounts and purchasing account interactions are strictly prohibited. Engaging in these behaviours will result in permanent suspension from the service,” news website Deadline reported quoted the micro-blogging site as saying on Friday.

However, in a post on Facebook, the brothers denied all claims against them.

“If Twitter wants to ban us for having multiple accounts then that’s their right,” wrote Ed Krassenstein.

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“Our multiple accounts did not break any of Twitter terms, but it’s their right to ban whoever they want. What they shouldn’t be doing is smearing our names over and over again by claiming that we ‘purchased account interactions’.”

For now, the Twitter ban on the activist brothers seem permanent but it remains unclear if their strong denial could convince the micro-blogging site to lift the suspension on their accounts.

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In 2016, the Krassensteins’ Florida house was raided by federal agents suspecting their involvement in an international fraud ring. However, they claimed they had done nothing illegal and were not charged with any crime.

This is not the first instance where Twitter has been accused of banning prominent voices and earlier company CEO, Jack Dorsey, has also met with Trump to discuss his concerns, the report added. (IANS)