|The three who were arrested for the attack|
(Scroll down for video) Three men were charged with assault related charges after forcing a boy to undress and then whipping him with a belt, all over a $20 debt, according to police reports in Newark New Jersey.
Three have been charged in connection with the viral video that showed how a Newark teen is forced to strip naked and beaten mercilessly with a belt for a debt of $20 owed by the boy’s father, a police officer told a New Jersey newspaper.
The alleged assailants were already in custody at the Essex County Jail and were identified as part of the investigation into the video, which drew national attention and attracted more than 40,000 views on YouTube, the source said. They were charged with theft, conspiracy and aggravated assault.
The alleged cameraman and a third person who was present at the time of the attack were also arrested tonight, and the girlfriend of one of the suspects was arrested on unrelated drug charges.
The suspects were identified as 22-year-old Ahmad Holt, 31-year-old Raheem Clark and 23-year-old Jamaar Gray. Mayor Cory Booker announced a press conference to discuss the attacks.
The police have been actively looking for suspects since the video was released last week, DeMaio had said earlier in the day.
More than 40,000 people watched the two and a half minute clip on YouTube, where they saw the teen naked and huddled, while taking verbal abuse when he was cornered by at least three men.
Late in the clip, it was revealed that the victim was being beaten over a small debt of his father, a measly $20.
Police identified that the attack occurred at Irvine Turner Boulevard and Clinton Avenue.
Even for Newark residents, who are oblivious to the violence in their city, the beating has caused widespread outrage.
DeMaio was disgusted by the clip and sent three squads of detectives to investigate the attack. The director, who has a child of his own, called the video "disgusting."
“Police should charge all those involved with the harshest charges possible. We need to send a message to all in Newark, New Jersey that such violence against our young children will not be tolerated at all,” Sandra Green, 20, of Newark, New Jersey told YourJewishNews.com after reading about the story.
Police experts who reviewed the video said that by forcing the teen to undress, the attacker and the cameraman could be exposed to federal charges.
Eugene O'Donnell, a former Manhattan district attorney, said the suspects could be charged with distributing child pornography, if the victim is under 16 years.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view