YouTube video has been removed showing man being beat in Lake City
Thu, 04 Apr 2013 15:14:45 GMT —
YouTube says its removed a video that shows four men attacking another man because its content violated YouTube's terms of service.
WPDE NewsChannel 15 first showed you the video Tuesday.
About four boys beat, punched, kicked and stomped a man outside what police say is Lassie Street Mobile Home Park in Lake City.
They use profanity through out the 1:20 video and call the victim a snitch.
A link to the YouTube video was sent anonymously by email to WPDE NewsChannel 15 on March 29.
The Florence County Sheriff's Office says it received a similar anonymous email the next day and started investigating.
"Where we are right now, we have no complainant, no victim that's come forward and no witnesses. Now obviously, there are witnesses to this and if we were able to speak with them and find out what the facts are, verify things, perhaps we could have enough information to go before a magistrate and obtain a warrant for probable cause. At this point, unless someone comes forward, we're sort of stuck where we are," said Captain Michael Nunn with the Florence County Sheriff's Office.
Nunn says this isn't an easy investigation because they don't have a lot to go on, at this point.
"We don't have any reason to doubt the validity at this point, but those are all things that you have to take into consideration, wonder whether it can withstand scrutiny by the court and attorneys and things. And so, there's more involved in this process than just going out and arresting someone," Capt. Nunn explained.
The headline of the YouTube video says the Young Locks in Lake City.
Deputies say they've never heard of that group and they're not sure if they're a local gang or offshoot of a major gang.
If you have any information, you're asked to call the Florence County Sheriff's Office at (843) 665-2121 ext. 333 or the Lake City Police Department at (843) 374-5411.