I have long been a critic of the designation "hate crime."
It implies that the interior thughts of the guilty party are more important than what he or she did.
I don't buy that.
For example, Dylan Roof in my opinion does not deserve the death penalty because of the motivation (white supremacy) behind his murdering nine black worshippers at a Methodist Episcopal church in Charleston, S.C. In my book, he richly deserves the death penalty because, regardless of the motive, he snuffed out the lives of nine innocent people.
I'm lucky–as an ardent supporter of the death penalty, something some of my colleagues here might find questionable, I don't have to twist my conscience to support a sentence of death for Roof. But I digress.
If you are going to play the "hate crime" card, it should be applied fairly. Yet Chicago police are having trouble classifying this heinous crime:
Chicago investigators are questioning four African-Americans after a Facebook Live video shows a group of people torturing a white mentally disabled man while someone yelled "F*** Trump!" and "F*** white people!"
Chicago police were made aware of the video Tuesday afternoon. A young African American woman streamed the video live on Facebook showing at least four people holding the young white man hostage.
"The video is reprehensible," said police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.
But the story goes on:
"It's sickening. You know it makes you wonder what would make individuals treat somebody like that," Police Supt. Eddie Johnson added.
Throughout the video, the victim is repeatedly kicked and hit, his scalp is cut, all while he is tied up with his mouth taped shut.
At one point, the victim is held at knife point and told to curse President-elect Donald Trump. The group also forces the victim to drink water from a toilet.
The suspects can be heard saying they want the video to go viral.
Detectives think the victim, who lives in the suburbs and appeared to be in his late teens or early 20s, met some acquaintances in northwest suburban Streamwood and they drove him to Chicago in a stolen vehicle, Guglielmi said.
The victim is then believed to have been held hostage and tortured in an apartment in the 3400 block of West Lexington on the West Side, Guglielmi said.