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.