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A teen was stripped and beaten over $20... adult content

Newark, NJ – A teenager was forced to strip naked and then was repeatedly whipped with a belt because his father apparently didn’t pay off a $20 debt. The street beating was captured on cell phone video as the alleged attacker and bystanders laughed, and Newark police are now investigating.

According to the New Jersey Star Ledger: “For 90 seconds, the boy is mercilessly whipped with the belt while the group continues to laugh at him, demanding he tell the camera that it’s a ‘dog eat dog world.’ “At the end of the video, someone announces the amount of money that sparked the vicious attack — a measly $20 … “Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio said he was infuriated by the video and dispatched three separate detective squads to find the man holding the belt in the clip, which he called ‘sickening.’ ” ‘You don’t know how bad I want to see the kid who did that taken into custody,’ he said.” Investigators are apparently probing one or more Twitter accounts that may be associated with the video.

According to an update from CNN, three suspects have apparently now been taken into custody:

    “Three men were charged for aggravated assault, conspiracy, possession of a weapon, and robbery after they allegedly stole $20 from the victim. A 25-year-old woman who was present during the attack has also been arrested on drug charges, which include alleged ‘possession of 20 bricks of heroin.’ “

Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark who is trying to run for US Senate, called he incident “shocking” and added that his city does “not tolerate this level of cruelty.”

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Asked by Michigan-Mom74 at 7:32 PM on Feb. 14, 2013 in Politics & Current Events

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  • What is this world coming to?? Only GOD knows why.

    Answer by Guillen2010 at 9:34 PM on Feb. 14, 2013

  • "That's what happens in the hood. You owe someone you pay or get your azz beat."funlovinlady
    And its exactly this mentality that will never stop, and the reason why homicides are so high is cause stupid shit like this. Funlovinlady, this kid DID NOT DESERVE to get his ass beat. It was his own fucking father's debt that was the reason he got his ass kicked.

    Comment by Michigan-Mom74 (original poster) at 11:17 PM on Feb. 14, 2013

  • Funlovinlady, this kid DID NOT DESERVE to get his ass beat. It was his own fucking father's debt that was the reason he got his ass kicked.

    But that does not change the fact that it was behavior that is expected in that place by the people who live IN that place, no matter how many outsiders cluck their tongues and shake their heads.

    It's no different than parts of the country where you are expected to react with fear when you see a man in a turban or a woman in a burka. Right or wrong, it's a societal norm.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 12:02 AM on Feb. 15, 2013

  • Ya NP, you are right in that aspect I guess. But my question is why did they beat up the teen and not dad?? This shit just bugs me anymore now days I guess. Can't own up to your mistakes or debt in this case, so someone else takes the fall.

    Comment by Michigan-Mom74 (original poster) at 12:17 AM on Feb. 15, 2013

  • The least some of them could have done was call the police before they started filming. It's wrong what they did no matter where they live. As an adult we KNOW it's wrong to beat on a kid for something they did not do. I'm willing to bet that if you had asked the person doing the beating that he KNEW what he was doing was wrong but he wanted to "set an example" for the dad and others not to mess with him.

    Answer by baconbits at 2:35 PM on Feb. 15, 2013

  • WTF?  People are standing video taping this poor kid being beaten instead of calling the police or trying to help him?  It is so horrible.  


    Answer by booklover545 at 7:38 PM on Feb. 15, 2013

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