Almost immediately after video footage emerged of four black Chicago teens beating a kidnapped white man, rumors that Black Lives Matter was somehow involved begin to surface.
Contrary to some reports on social media, Chicago police say they see no connection between the suspects and the activist group. Yet in less than 24 hours, the hashtag #BLMKidnapping was mentioned more than 480,000 times on Twitter and became one of the top five Twitter trends across the country Thursday.
Paul Joseph Watson, editor of the website “Infowars,” was among the first to tie the attack to Black Lives Matter, a social justice movement that protests violence and racism against African-Americans.
On Thursday, authorities charged the four suspects with hate crime, aggravated kidnapping and other charges.
It goes without saying that the actions being branded by the far-right as the “BLM Kidnapping” have nothing to do w/ the movement.
— deray mckesson (@deray) January 5, 2017