WASHINGTON — The White House says cell phone video showing the fatal beating of a 16-year-old honors student in Chicago is “chilling.” It came up at President Barack Obama’s morning meeting in the Oval Office.
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs on Wednesday said the video of teens viciously kicking and striking another teen with splintered railroad ties is among the most shocking anyone can see. He told reporters they should expect an announcement on an administration response to the “heinous crime” soon.
Gibbs says, though, that government cannot regulate what’s in people’s hearts. He says the White House believes such crimes call for community involvement.
Prosecutors in Chicago have charged four teenagers with fatally beating Derrion Albert, a sophomore honor roll student. Officials say Albert was walking to a bus stop when he got caught up in the mob’s street fighting.