We previously followed the horrific story of an elderly man knocked unconscious by a teenager while his friends laughed and mocked the man at a CTA station. He is Scotty Strahan, 18, who does appear to be the man in the widely viewed videotape on YouTube.
The video below shows that, while a woman is seen kneeling over the victim, his friends are laughing and boasting “he knocked his ass out.” It is truly scary to see such inhumanity and cruelty.
Strahan, 18, turned himself into Area 3 officers after authorities issued alerts seeking his arrest. He has been charged with aggravated battery to a transit passenger and battery in a public place. I am surprised that there is not an abuse of the elderly charge, but presumably there will be an aggravating factor added at sentencing if he is convicted.
What is clear is that such depravity and inhumanity warrants maximum sentencing. If this man enjoys attacking a helpless old man, he is capable of any outrage and is a tremendous threat to society.
My compliments to the Chicago Police Department. The only regret is that the mocking friends who enjoyed the attack will not be subject to public scrutiny and identification. Their own expressions and encouragement suggest the same dangerous propensities and lack of basic humanity. Yet, we have always held to the legal principle that you cannot be held liable for a failure to rescue or enjoying the suffering in others. We are confronted all too often with the reality of how many such people live in our society when we see people encouraging people to jump from bridges or laughing at those who are suffering in public places.