When footage of a New Jersey man being forced to strip naked and then being beat with a belt hit WorldStarHipHop, Newark Mayor Cory Booker was not happy.
On Wednesday, Booker spoke out, calling the incident shocking and disturbing.
Booker called it a “blow to the conscious of our community.” He said it points to a “subculture of violence we have to address.”
“This is not who we are,” said Booker, who then admonished those who may have witnessed the attack, but failed to report it.
“We do not tolerate this level of cruelty.”
The incident occurred because the victim’s father apparently owed the assailant $20.
“Take everything off right now. You’re moving too slow,” a man yelled in shaky cell phone video, which shows him whipping the naked victim as others crowd around.
Moments before the August assault, a man handed the assailant his belt as the cameraman appears to spray the victim, now 21, with a clear liquid.
“Your father owe me money. Take everything off, jeans, everything,” the male voice said. The video then shows the man being whipped 49 times as others laugh in what appears to be a gang-related attack, according to Newark Police Director Samuel A. DeMaio.
The three men are now being charged for aggravated assault, conspiracy, possession of a weapon, and robbery after they allegedly stole $20 from the victim.
A 25-year-old woman who was present during the attack has also been arrested on drug charges, which include alleged “possession of 20 bricks of heroin.”
Well damn! They are going wild in Newark!
Watch Booker get MAD about the beating: