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Group Brutally Beats Man in Chicago While Yelling 'Don't Vote Trump'

By Stephanie Lulay | November 10, 2016 8:54am | Updated on November 10, 2016 2:40pm

CHICAGO — A group viciously attacked a 50-year-old man at a Chicago intersection while some people shouted "Don't vote Trump!" and "You voted Trump?"

The attack, captured on video, happened at the intersection of South Kedzie Avenue and West Roosevelt Road in North Lawndale Wednesday afternoon. 

In the 32-second video, two men, possibly teens, are seen punching and kicking an older man in the street. 

As the two men attacked the victim, one witness yelled: "You voted Trump?" and "Beat his a--." Another witness said, "Don't vote Trump" and "Steal his stuff." 

At 12:48 p.m. Wednesday, Chicago Police responded to a call of a battery at the intersection, according to Officer Kevin Quaid, a Chicago Police spokesman. The victim was battered after a traffic-related altercation that involved three unknown men and three unknown women, Quaid said. 

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During the attack, one of the attackers appears to steal an item from the victim, possibly a cell phone, according to the video. 

After the altercation, one of the attackers entered a vehicle and fled the scene, police said. 

In a second 45-second video, one of the attackers is seen jumping into the gold car at the intersection. In an attempt to stop the attacker from driving away, the victim hangs on to the rear driver's side window. As the attacker speeds away from the scene, the victim is dragged by the car, according to the video. 

The 50-year-old victim was transported to Mt. Sinai Hospital in good condition, Quaid said.

No suspects are in custody and the motive that sparked the attack is still under investigation, Quaid said. Anyone with information is asked to call Area North detectives at 312-744-8263.

The video, posted at 9:26 p.m. Wednesday on Twitter, was retweeted more than 4,000 times in less than 12 hours. It was also shared on YouTube and other social media sites. 

Ald. Michael Scott Jr. (24th) called the violent incident "very disturbing." The North Lawndale leader is working with the Ogden and Harrison Police districts to investigate the attack.

Scott said he does not yet know whether the man is a Trump supporter. 

"It is very disturbing to see any act of violence, especially an act of violence [that may have been based] on a man's political preference or views," he said. "This is something I and the people of North Lawndale will not tolerate." 

Quoting Martin Luther King Jr., Scott said: "To return hate for hate does nothing but intensify the existence of evil in the universe."

In a statement, anti-violence activist and Rev. Michael Pfleger condemned the attack.

"This is unacceptable and must be condemned by everybody," the St. Sabina pastor said. "Violence is NEVER an acceptable response. Emotions are raw coming out of this election, but frustration, anger and despair do not give permission to be violent.  Let us not surrender to evil, rather rise above it!!!!!"

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