Caught On Camera: Police Say Teen Beaten For Shoes, And Web Notoriety

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Local recreation centers are supposed to be safe places for kids and teens, but what happened outside the rec center in Brookline is now the subject of a police investigation.

The popular facility is a haven for teenage boys, who come to play hoops and football outside, and a lot more inside – a million dollar community investment paying off, until this.

Police say the incident happened in broad daylight along Brookline Boulevard. A 15-year-old boy was at the center to play some hoops.

That’s when a group of African-American teenage boys approached the white victim and began beating him, allegedly to steal his basketball shoes, and for website notoriety.

On the video the group of boys can be heard screaming the name of the website “World Star” (for WorldStarHipHop.com) as they round the corner. That’s when police say they attacked. Another teen captured the attack on his cell phone.

World Star is an urban outlet website that hosts music videos, artist information, and also posts viral videos.

It’s described as a “shock site.”