James Queally, Star-Ledger (Newark), February 12, 2013
The video is barely two-and-a-half minutes long, but each second is more disturbing than the one before.
Somewhere in Newark, a teenage boy can be seen removing his clothes, stripping completely naked while he is berated and cursed at by another man in a black hat and black T-shirt. A pack of men surround their cornered victim, laughing and commenting on the situation.
As the boy stands there with his shoulders slumped, the man in the black shirt screams about a debt owed by their victim’s father. As the boy cowers, the leader of the group grabs a belt from one of his sidekicks and screams at the victim.
“Where my money at?” he howls.
“I don’t know,” the victim responds meekly.
What happens next has infuriated law enforcement and city leaders. For 90 seconds, the boy is mercilessly whipped with the belt while the group continues to laugh at him, demanding he tell the camera that it’s a “dog eat dog world.”
At the end of the video, someone announces the amount of money that sparked the vicious attack — a measly $20.