No one disputes the horror of a special-needs teen getting beaten as another teen broadcasts the torture on Facebook Live.
But, almost immediately after the video went viral, so did the claims that the Black Lives Matter Movement was to blame.
Chicago police say they see no connection between the suspects and the Black Lives Matter activist group, contrary to some reports on social media.
Yet in less than 24 hours, the hashtag #BLMKidnapping was mentioned more than 480,000 times on Twitter and became one of the top five Twitter trends across the country Thursday.
Paul Joseph Watson, editor at large of the website “Infowars,” was among the first to tie the attack to Black Lives Matter, a social justice movement that protests violence and racism against African-Americans. “Infowars” is known for promoting conspiracy theories, saying the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre was a government hoax and claiming the 9/11 attacks were orchestrated by the US government.
The attackers in the video are black, and the victim is white. In the video, at least one attacker shouts, “*F*ck Donald Trump! F*ck white people!”