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Saturday, March 31, 2012

YouTube Idiocy: 7 Arrested For Hate Crime Against One 15-Yr-Old

By Susan Duclos

Although the video has been removed from YouTube, the police do have it and according to The Bellingham Herald, the video captured multiple African-American teenagers, ages 13 to 16, beating on a 15-yr-old Hispanic boy, resulting in seven arrests so far.

The video shows as many as 10 boys surrounding the victim and challenging him to a fight. The suspects then began hitting the teen while others watched.

During the beating, the teens made racially derogatory statements that were captured on the video, Ford said.

After the victim fell to the ground, the assailants kicked him multiple times in the head, knocked out several teeth and left shoe impressions on his skin, Ford said.

The victim was able to get to his feet and escape the onslaught, and will need to undergo dental surgery.

The teens who were arrested were identified from the video, which was discovered by a Palmdale sheriff's deputy and has been retained for evidence. Authorities are not releasing the video.

The report says police should be making more arrests.

This is the latest of gang-style attacks uploaded on YouTube or other video uploading sites.

In January, ABC News reported "Girl, 15, Lured Victim to Gang Attack and Filmed It: Cops," in which a a gang attack in a Chicago alley was videotaped leading to the arrest of seven. That was also reported by their ABC News local station.

Back in 2008, another high profile gang beating was captured on YouTube and that resulted in a Life Time movie called "Girl Fight" being made about the horrendous case the fallout afterwards.