Chicago Teen Girl Was Beaten as Onlookers Laughed in Viral Video

Chicago police are investigating an assault and possible sexual assault after a video claiming to show a brutal attack on a teenage girl with disabilities went viral this week.

The video shows a group of girls swarming and striking the girl repeatedly as onlookers laugh. The girl, who then falls to the ground, cries for help. The clip was published Monday night by an unidentified Twitter user who claimed to be a friend of the victim. The tweet said that the girl has a “mental disability.”

The Twitter user did not immediately respond to USA TODAY’s request for comment.

The 15-year-old victim was gone for five days before she was reported missing by her family on Tuesday, police spokesperson Jose Jara said at a news conference Wednesday. Jara said she was found by a concerned citizen and her father and was “discovered to be the victim of some sick and disgusting crimes.”

The group in the video offered to walk the victim to the subway as a ploy to jump her and videotape the attack, WLS-TV reported.

She was taken to a hospital where she was treated and released, Jara said, and she indicated to detectives she was sexually assaulted off-camera.

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Source: USA Today