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Homeless Beatings Widespread on YouTube

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There are 86,000 videos available on YouTube depicting brutal beatings of homeless people.

Videos of homeless people, subject to brutal beatings and forced into humiliating acts, are apparently becoming more popular online according to a report released by the AFP. The videos are so horrible that US lawmakers are now taking action against the filmmakers, seeking harsher penalties for hate crimes against those poor and hungry souls living off the streets.

The National Coalition for the Homeless is disgusted over the videos, calling the homeless population "the new minority group." The NCH points to YouTube where 86,000 "degrading" videos of homeless people resided during July, 15,000 more than last year's count. 5,700 of those videos depict "burn fights" where homeless were convinced to battle each other for a pack of beers or a few bucks.

The AFP also reports that the homeless video trend originated in 2001, depicting fights among homeless people or urging them to jump into trash bins from large heights. These videos have found their way onto DVD, with more than 6.8 million sold over the last eight years.

"This is exploiting people when they are at their lowest point," said Andrew Davis, who used to live on the streets of Washington D.C. "Right now, the homeless have no voice. We need to prevent these things and the community has to be vigilant."

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    ColMirage , August 27, 2009 1:00 AM
    Sigh... I hate to admit it, but humanity in general is just plain retarded.
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    lzpreslav , August 27, 2009 12:53 AM
    not sure who films these kind of videos, but it sounds horrible enough to me not to
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    skykaptain , August 27, 2009 1:04 AM
    This is just sick.
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    lzpreslav , August 27, 2009 12:53 AM
    not sure who films these kind of videos, but it sounds horrible enough to me not to
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    wifiwolf , August 27, 2009 12:58 AM
    if google was able to make public the id of that skank case, it can now do it for something serious this time.
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    ColMirage , August 27, 2009 1:00 AM
    Sigh... I hate to admit it, but humanity in general is just plain retarded.
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    hopiamani , August 27, 2009 1:02 AM
    terrible. I hope some of the defective human beings making those videos land in jail.
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    skykaptain , August 27, 2009 1:04 AM
    This is just sick.
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    icepick314 , August 27, 2009 1:05 AM
    not only they're bunches of scum for beating people out of no good reason but even more ridiculous that they have the galls to put the video out in public like that....

    while they're in jail they should be filmed and uploaded to youtube ...
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    JohnnyLucky , August 27, 2009 1:05 AM
    I knew there are an awful lot of mentally deficient people commiting acts of stupidity out there. This is yet another example. It's just plain wrong.
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    justiceguy216 , August 27, 2009 1:16 AM
    These people should be sentenced to trade places with their victims for a year or so instead of jail time. I believe that would be the most fitting punishment...I can't imagine how it would be possible, but I wish there were a way to put it into practice.
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    leafblower29 , August 27, 2009 1:31 AM
    wtf...

    That's all I can say.
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    dingumf , August 27, 2009 1:54 AM
    I fight my friends for packs of beer.

    Just like friendly fights like no nut shots, punch to face etc


    Anyways this is pretty cruel
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    viometrix , August 27, 2009 1:55 AM
    i think it should be an eye for an eye....besides extreme jail time, they should also endure the same brutality and have it put on youtube. i live in florida and we have alot of homeless, nasty ones too...but even they dont deserve this, every one deserves human dignity. lest we forget in this economy becoming homeless is a realistic possibility for any of us
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    roofus , August 27, 2009 2:17 AM
    at least they created evidence for when they do get caught. idiots.
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    dmwright , August 27, 2009 2:45 AM
    "Homeless sues Google Maps for invasion of Privacy - buys real house".

    "If they hadn't posted my house, these punks wouldn't have found me." says the man.
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    Sicundercover , August 27, 2009 2:47 AM
    I think its real easy to jump in and say "Hey this is horrible. But stop and think for a minute. Did someone pull up in a van drag these people away and drop them in a pit, later telling the " 2 Men enters, One Man Leaves" like some internet Tina Turner? No these guys did it on their on volition.

    We have become a nation of Victims. Its never our fault anymore. Its always "I was raised wrong", "Im addicted", "Im poor", "Im a minority". When will people start taking responsibility for their own actions.

    How about one of these bums comes forward and says, "Yea I did this for Beer, back when I was a teen I made horrible decisions and decided I liked drinking a lot, after years of heavy drinking and dodging responsibilities Ive become a full blown Alcoholic but I really dont wont to go through the long process of detoxing, and spending my days in AA meetings, so yea I fight for beer".

    When will we here that story?
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    Anonymous , August 27, 2009 2:58 AM
    Never. And the minority without a voice wouldn't be getting PR and social security. I pay taxes, work, and go to school; where's my voice or my handout?
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    Greg_77 , August 27, 2009 3:12 AM
    They really aren't forced to do this. If they want to fight for beer, let them. It's immoral to start a competition like this, but I don't really feel bad for the homeless who do it. It's their choice. If they are mentally ill, that's a different story. Then it's evil.
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    coonday , August 27, 2009 3:35 AM
    This disgusts me, I have to go youtube right now to see what scum are filming these videos.
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    NuclearShadow , August 27, 2009 3:40 AM
    As if the homeless haven't suffered enough they have to endure this crap.
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    LUCKYSTARWZ , August 27, 2009 3:41 AM
    this IS disgusting and those ppl r just evil who need to be punished.
    but like some ppl said, these ppl weren't forced into doing anything like slaves.
    would you feel different if they fought over food instead of beer?
    what if they fought over food so they can give give it to their homeless kids?
    Would u have them go hungry instead of selling their pride?
    I don't agree at all to the punk kids who started it, but hard to say if we're not in their shoes.
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    Ramar , August 27, 2009 3:45 AM
    sicundercoverWe have become a nation of Victims. Its never our fault anymore. Its always "I was raised wrong", "Im addicted", "Im poor", "Im a minority".


    While I completely agree, you have obviously never actually SPOKEN to a homeless person. A majority of them ARE mentally disabled or damaged from drugs.

    Right argument, at entirely the wrong time.
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