Apparent torture video prompts police investigation

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L-R top row Brittany Covington 18 Jordan Hill 18 bottom row Tanishia Covington 24 and Tesfaye Cooper 18

Chicago police are questioning four people regarding an apparent case if torture that was streamed live on social media.

The victim is reportedly special needs, and was a "high-risk missing person" according to police.

In the video, a white man is seen restrained, his mouth covered with duct tape as he sits on the ground.

By Wednesday evening, the original posting of the video had been taken down, but had been reposted by numerous people on YouTube, Facebook and other sites.

Police say he traveled to Carol Stream to meet a friend.

Police found the suspected victim wandering disoriented after responding to a battery call at a residence where they found signs of a struggle and property damage.

The unidentified victim is now being treated in a hospital for his injuries.

Police found the man disorientated and walking in the city, Buzzfeed reported, he was taken to hospital where his condition was described as stable.

Police will "determine whether or not this is honest or just stupid ranting and raving" to help decide whether to pursue hate crime charges, Duffin said.

The video shows at least four African Americans drinking, laughing and smoking what looks like marijuana as they torture the white victim.

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