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People Are Blaming The Chicago Kidnapping On Black Lives Matter With Zero Evidence

The Chicago police said they could not confirm if the video was tied to any organization.

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Four people were taken into custody Wednesday in Chicago after a Facebook Live video taken by a black woman appeared to show a white man being tied up, assaulted, and threatened as one of the assailants yelled, "Fuck Donald Trump, fuck white people."

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Police charged the four suspects with aggravated kidnapping and committing a hate crime, among other charges on Thursday. They were identified as Jordan Hall, 18; Tesfaye Cooper, 18; Brittany Covington, 28; and Tanishia Covington, 24, WGNTV.com reported.

Police said that the victim — who was reported missing — had "mental health challenges" and that he knew one of the alleged attackers from school.

After video of the attack spread on social media, many people — including several prominent members of the alt-right movement — began blaming Black Lives Matter for the attack, leading to the hashtag #BLMKidnapping trending on Twitter on Thursday.

Mike Cernovich, a vocal alt-right member, wrote an article referring to the four suspects as "Black Lives Matter supporters," without offering any evidence of their affiliation with the movement.

Conservative radio host Glenn Beck also accused BLM "for the beating of a disabled trump supporter" in a tweet to his over 1 million followers.

The Chicago Police Department told BuzzFeed News Thursday that they could not confirm if the kidnapping video was tied to any organization.

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"This continues to be an ongoing investigation," a spokesperson said. "We are examining all aspects of the incident, and cannot confirm the video is tied to any organization at this time."

Despite the present lack of evidence tying the four unidentified suspects to the Black Lives Matter movement, white nationalists such as Richard Spencer continued to use the #BLMKidnapping hashtag.

And Black Lives Matter Chicago issued a statement on its Facebook page — shared by the main Black Lives Matter account — saying it "is absolutely perplexing and twisted that people are associating this atrocity with this organization and movement."

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A tweet that appeared to be from McKesson's account, saying, "I didn't see anything wrong with the Chicago Facebook video" was widely shared by a troll account, before McKesson said the tweet was "not real" and "obviously photoshopped."

Tasneem Nashrulla is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Tasneem Nashrulla at tasneem.nashrulla@buzzfeed.com.

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