A Chicago police spokesman has confirmed that a missing 15-year-old girl has been found safe after her family says she was sexually assaulted on Facebook Live.
Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the girl was found by Ogden District police officers, and was at Area Central headquarters with her mother.
The teenager had last been seen in person around 3 p.m. Sunday, but her mother feared she might be in danger after seeing her daughter in a "disgusting" Facebook Live video. The mother later reportedly saw video images of her daughter appearing to be gang raped, the AP reported. He said she told detectives that she knows at least one of her alleged attackers, but it remained unclear how well they knew each other. She left to go to the store and didn't come back. Police did not immediately have details on the video.
"Here's what's even more disturbing: more than the fact that they did this, there were so many people that saw it and didn't pick up the phone to dial 911", CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson said. She told him her daughter had been missing since Sunday and showed him screen grab photos of the alleged assault.
"He was also very dismayed when he learned that there were people (who) were watching the incident live and no one called police", Giancamilli said. "That's not right. It's just not right".
The video marks the second time in recent months that the Chicago Police Department has investigated an apparent attack that was streamed live on Facebook.
"She was apparently sitting on a porch, crying", WGN anchor Tonya Francisco reports. That assault, too, was live-streamed on Facebook, and received widespread media attention.