One man is injured and many neighbors are outraged after a late Sunday night street fight and stabbing in Chicago's Boystown. The violent brawl on Halsted Street was the third stabbing in the neighborhood in three weeks and has inflamed racial tensions.
The graphic video was captured by a neighbor on a balcony. Watch it AFTER THE JUMP ...
The incident is the latest in a slew of violent altercations to cause uproar among many Lakeview residents who say that crime in the neighborhood is out of control. The incident occurred at 11:54 p.m. at Halsted and Aldine, according to police. A 25 year-old male was stabbed in a physical altercation. No others were reported injured. Information on his condition was not immediately available.
The video shows more than a dozen youth arguing and fighting. Several people attack one young man, hitting and kicking him while he is on the ground. You can see one man repeatedly punch or stab the victim.
All of the youth involved were Black and apparently LGBT. The two previous incidents also involved Black LGBT youth. Before the Sunday incident, the most recent stabbing was June 18th on Halsted Street. That incident involved a white victim.
"The incident sparked a racial debate about whether the increased presence of South and West Side youth is linked to higher crime rates in Lakeview," reported WCT. "The youth cite the ability to be out in a safe environment and programs like the Broadway Youth Center as major draws. Many residents claim the young people are responsible for increased violence and higher crime rates."
The racial tension mirrors the experience of residents in New York City's West Village. The "Take Back Boystown" Facebook page has become a popular vehicle to vent and race-bait. "Why are these people in Boystown? Nobody wants them and their ghetto way of life, says one man. "We need to get this trash out of our community," another adds.
Police will hold a community forum on Wednesday to discuss the recent crimes. Watch the attack video AFTER THE JUMP ...