Video: President Obama Talks Facebook Live Torture Video, Calls it a “Hate Crime” and “Despicable”

Here’s the video of President Barack Obama’s first public comment about the Facebook Live video in which four African-Americans tortured an 18-year-old white, mentally disabled man. He called the incident “despicable” and labeled it a “hate crime.” He went on to claim that race relations have not gotten worse during his Presidency. The replay is below.

The video is above. In an interview conducted by Jay Levine of Chicago CBS 2, The President weighed in on the shocking incident initially streamed on Facebook Live as the four African-Americans tortured the teenager whom they had kidnapped and held captive for two days. As a national outcry erupted, the four suspects were arrested and charged with several felonies including aggravated kidnapping, aggravated unlawful restraint, and criminal hate crime.

President Obama in addressing the state of race relations, said, “In part because we see visuals of racial tensions, violence, and so forth; because of smart phones and the Internet. What we have seen as surfacing, I think, are a lot of problems that have been there a long time.”

Continuing, he added, “Whether it’s tensions between police and communities, hate crimes of the despicable sort that has just now recently surfaced on Facebook.”

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Video: President Obama Talks Facebook Live Torture Video, Calls it a “Hate Crime” and “Despicable”


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