Care to take bets as to how this would have been handled if the races had been reversed? If a group of white kids had done this to a back man or kid?
Look, I think racially motivated crimes are terrible, no matter what the mix. Black/white. black/hispanic, Hispanic/white, White/black, etc. All bad. Any racially motivated crime deserves extra punishment. (Or at least special scrutiny come sentencing, at a minimum)
But lets keep it equal. No special privileges for folks just because they are poor black kids. (Nor rich white kids either).
These kids, by their own actions of the video, did this, in part, because of race. That should matter, if only ’cause it matters in other cases.