Tuesdays, authorities said a Facebook Live video went up showing 15-year-old Chicago teen being sexually assaulted in what appears to be a “gang rape” situation. There were five or six boys and/or men involved. And, what’s more… viewers just watched, and did nothing.
Police say that abut 40 people watched the sexual assault take place live on Facebook. But, not one reported it to authorities. So, how did local police finally learn about the attach on the teenage girl?
Monday afternoon, the young girl’s mother approached Eddie Johnson, Superintendent of the local police department. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Johnson was leaving a Lawndale neighborhood department on the West Side of the city of Chicago.
The mother told Johnson that her daughter was missing. She hadn’t seen her since Sunday. Then, she showed the Superintendent screenshots of the alleged sexual assault on her daughter.
Johnson order an immediate investigation, getting detectives on the case. Facebook was also contacted, and the social media network took the video down.
Guglielmi tweeted Tuesday that detectives found the girl and reunited her with her family, and that they’re conducting interviews.
He said Johnson was “visibly upset” after he watched the video, both by its contents and the fact that there were “40 or so live viewers and no one thought to call authorities.”
It is the second time in months that the department has investigated an apparent attack that was streamed live on Facebook. In January, four people were arrested after a cellphone footage showed them allegedly taunting and beating a mentally disabled man.