Chicago - Chicago Police are searching for five or six suspects who live streamed on Facebook the horrifying gang rape of a 15-year-old girl. Not only that, but the 40 people who watched it didn't call the police.
According to NBC News, the unidentified victim was reported missing on Sunday, after not returning home from going to the store. Police only learned about the incident when her mother approached Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson in person as he was leaving a police station in Lawndale late Monday afternoon.
The victim's mother, also unidentified, showed Superintendent Johnson screen shots of her daughter's sexual assault from Facebook Live. He immediately assigned Detectives to work the case, who immediately contacted Facebook to take down the video. The victim's uncle was the first to find the Facebook Live video.
Superintendent Johnson, visibly upset, said “Here’s what’s even more disturbing, more than the fact that they did this, there were so many people that saw it and didn’t pick up the phone to dial 911," according to Fox News.
Police found the victim early Tuesday morning after looking non-stop. A police spokesman said that detectives were "making good progress identifying persons of interest" but have not officially named suspects yet.
The victim is in stable condition at a local hospital and has been reunited with her family. Her mother told local media that "to do something like that and then post it up on Facebook like it's a joke…its just terrible."
This is the second mainstream act of violence posted on Facebook Live from Chicago this year. In January, 2017, 'the Chicago four,' two men and two women, were arrested after torturing and beating a bound and gagged man with mental health issues. Multiple charges are pending against those four suspects in that case.
Facebook declined to comment to USA Today about specific questions concerning the case, including whether it was flagged by any of the viewers. In a statement, Facebook said that they monitor its site around the clock for violations that are flagged by users.
I can't imagine 40 people watching live the brutal, sickening rape of a young woman and not reporting it, but that appears to be what happened.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim.