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Facebook Video Shows Teens Slapping, Taunting Older Man On CTA Train

(CBS) -- A video posted on Facebook is generating hundreds of responses, and it shows at least two young men on a CTA Blue Line train, slapping an older man and taunting him.

WBBM's Steve Miller has spoken with one of those young men about why he did it.

The video goes on for more than two minutes. It shows at least two young men, both African American, slapping an older man on top of his head.

And then they appear to tease him.

Video Shows Blue Line Attack

It's been shared dozens of times on Facebook, but originally was posted by a young man who says he shot the video and was apparently part of the group that mistreated the older man.

WBBM emailed the young videographer, and he called back.

"We didn't do nothing.  We got on the train and he was saying some racial slurs," he says.

The young man calls himself "A-T-L."  He says he didn't take part in slapping the man.

"I don't know why they did what they did," he tells WBBM.  "I just recorded it because it was funny."

The CTA doesn't find it funny.

"Though this crime apparently was not reported, because neither CTA nor Chicago Police have a report of the incident, we are pulling additional video to share with police as part of a now-open investigation," the agency said. "We encourage members of the public who witness a crime to report it immediately, especially if they have evidence such as a video. Incidents like this are rare on the CTA."



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