Man beaten to death on Chicago street as pedestrians, motorists pass by indifferently

Man beaten to death on Chicago street as pedestrians, motorists pass by indifferently

You can hear Charles Johnson’s skull and facial bones being beaten in with each of the 19 blows his murderer deals out in a bystander video taken last month on a rain-soaked Chicago street.

The murder weapon—a glass liquor bottle—breaks only when Johnson’s killer has had enough and smashes it on the pavement next to the dying man’s head.

“Damn!” is all one of several bystanders says as the deadly beating plays out at rush hour on a Monday night.

Johnson’s murder in West Englewood is one of more than 770 killings in Chicago so far this year, and its brutality is only slightly more notable because it was caught on camera and because the weapon was a bottle, not a gun.

“F*cked-up crime in a city of f*cked-up crimes,” a veteran Chicago police officer tells The Daily Beast.

The city has already hit a 20-year high for homicides this year—up more than 300 from last year—and could hit 800 for the first time since 1995. Across America, homicides are up 14%, with Chicago’s murder problem accounting for a staggering 40% of that national year-to-year rise.

Continue reading →


Commenting Policy

We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, vulgarity, profanity, all caps, or discourteous behavior. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain a courteous and useful public environment where we can engage in reasonable discourse.

You may use HTML in your comments. Feel free to review the full list of allowed HTML here.