Chicago police arrest 7 in filmed beating of teen

January 18, 2012 - 8:40 AM

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police have arrested seven teenagers in the beating and robbery of a 17-year-old high school student that was filmed and posted online.

Police announced the arrests Wednesday morning and said they included a 15-year-old girl.

One of the teens was charged as an adult in the attack that went viral after being posted on YouTube. The rest were cited in juvenile delinquency petitions. All were charged with one count each of robbery and aggravated battery.

On the video, several attackers are seen repeatedly kicking and punching the victim on the ground Sunday afternoon in an alley on the city's South Side. Authorities say the victim is of Asian descent, and the assailants can be heard repeating racial slurs.

Even so, police say the beating did not appear racially motivated.