In the News: Brutal Chicago Beating Caught on Tape

** Disclaimer: The posted video contains graphic content **

By Michele Byrd

On the eve of President Obama’s trip abroad to promote Chicago as host for the 2016 Summer Olympics, the city is making headlines for a very different and much more disturbing reason.

Three teenagers have been arrested and charged with the brutal beating death of 16-year-old Derrion Albert, according to CNN.com.  The three attackers, including one minor, are all being charged as adults with first degree murder.

The beating, which was caught on tape by a bystander’s cell phone camera, has made waves on the internet and news broadcasts across the country. It depicts Albert being beaten with a wooden plank, kicked and punched. The honor student, who had no ties to gang violence, is just the latest victim in an epidemic of violence that has swept through inner city Chicago.

According to the Associated Press, more than 30 students were killed in 2008, and despite the city’s efforts to pass legislation to curb the violence, since the school year began three weeks ago, five students have been killed.

One thing is for sure, with the decision of who will host the next summer Olympics only four days away, this spotlight on Windy’s violent underbelly is the last thing the city needs.

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2 Comments

  1. I watched the video and this makes me so sad. Such senseless violence and someone sits there and watches the whole thing!

    So sick.
    The whole thing didn’t have to happen!

    -Danielle Canada

  2. This was the craziest thing I have seen. It is so sad that things like this happen. And my heart and prayers go out to Derrion and his family.


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