7 teens were charged with robbery and aggravated assault for a vicious beating that the suspects taped and put on YouTube.
17 year old Raymond Palomino is the only one being charged as an adult in the attack according to the Chicago Sun-Times. He is due in bond court to face the felony charges.
The rest of the gang who beat the kid were two 16-year-old boys, three 15-year-old boys and one 15-year-old girl. They have all been charged with the same crimes and remanded to juvenile detention according to the Chicago Tribune reports.
The YouTube video shows the youths beating on the one teen for more than three minutes. the punched him and kicked him and yelled racial slurs at him. After they beat him they stole $180 and his sneakers. At one point the victim managed to run away, shoeless.
This may not have been an isolated incident. It is said the victim was part of a group of 20 teens who jumped a couple of the attackers a few weeks ago.
Chicago Mayor and former White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel told NBC News,
“Those kids doing that to another child is wrong. It is not tolerable and it does not represent what this city’s values are and the good people of this city,”
Local residents have been complaining about youth violence for quite some time. They want the mayor to do something about it too.
Local resident Carl Segvich told NBC,
“We have war in our cities right now, and if they would have had a gun, they would have probably shot the poor kid,”
Do you think all the teens should be charged as adults?
Watch the video here [WARNING VERY GRAPHIC]