01/23/2012

Taped beatings a modern twist on urge to boast

Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said videos of youth violence are ending up online more frequent everywhere

By Jason Keyser and Michael Tarm
Chicago Sun-Times

CHICAGO — It seems to defy the logic of committing crimes in a way to avoid getting caught: Ruffians intentionally recording themselves on video beating and robbing someone, then posting it on YouTube so anyone anywhere can see it, including police.

The latest example of this disturbing but increasingly common phenomenon comes from Chicago, where police last week arrested seven teens who allegedly did just that. Their video went viral and led to their arrest days after the Sunday attack.

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