CNN anchor Don Lemon, while hosting a panel Wednesday night, disputed one panelist’s contention that the Facebook Live video broadcasting the kidnapping, unlawful restraint and battery of a mentally disabled man was evil.
“You just try to wrap your head around evil,” panelist Matt Lewis said during the segment. “That’s what this is. It’s evil. It’s brutality. It’s man’s inhumanity to man.”
Lemon said, “I don’t think it’s evil.”
“And I say, ‘Who’s raising these young people?’ I have no idea who’s raising these young people, because no one I know on earth who is 17 years old or 70 years old would ever think of treating another person like that,” Lemon said instead. “It is inhumane. And you wonder, at 18 years old, where’s your parent? Where’s your guardian?”
Chicago police announced Thursday that hate crime and kidnapping charges have been approved.
Police identified the perpetrators as Jordan Hill, 18, Brittany Covington, 18, Tesfaye Cooper, 18 and 24-year-old Tanishia Covington.
The victim was said to be a classmate of one of his attackers.
Police Cmdr. Kevin Duffin described the victim as “traumatized” and struggling to communicate about what happened.
“He’s traumatized by the incident, and it’s very tough to communicate with him at this point,” he said.