Chicago police say a 15-year-old girl’s sexual assault was streamed on Facebook Live, but instead of sympathy, she’s getting threats and jokes about the alleged attack.
“It’s sickening,” said Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. ”It’s disgusting. She’s been victimized once and now we’re going to continue to keep victimizing her?”
Family members told ABC 7 that the victim and her mom have faced online threats. Also, neighborhood kids have joked about the incident, and rung their doorbell.
CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told the Chicago Sun-Times on Friday that the threats have been happening since Tuesday, so the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office offered her and her family relocation services. She is currently in what he called a “safe place.”
Cops say the girl went missing on Sunday, but a Facebook Live stream on Monday featured her being sexually assaulted by up to six juveniles. The alleged victim was found on Tuesday.
Police sound pretty confident when it comes to the ongoing investigation, but say it will last longer than might be expected.
UPDATE: CPD making good progress identifying persons of interest in 10th Dist assault. Interviews ongoing but no formal suspects named yet
— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) March 21, 2017
“Right now what we know is we’re dealing with a lot of juveniles,” Johnson told reporters. “When you’re dealing with juveniles, that process takes a lot longer than when you’re filing with adult offenders.”
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