Psychologist weighs 'recreational' attacks on homeless

Created: 07/23/2014 7:14 PM
By: Ryan Luby, KOB Eyewitness News 4

An Albuquerque clinical psychologist believes the giggling teens who allegedly killed two homeless men may have done it for sport.  Shockingly, "bum hunting" is real.

There's proof that people search for homeless men and women in communities nationwide, beat them up, and then post the attacks on websites like YouTube.

At this point, the motive of the three teens is unclear. 

"It's really hard to understand how someone can hunt other human beings," Dr. Dusty Humes said.

She said she evaluates mentally ill people often in jail for private attorneys or for a court before a trial begins.

"I think there's a theme in our society of not wanting to deal with these people," Humes said.

She's curious to know why the three Albuquerque teenagers seemingly lack empathy for other human beings.

"I'd be looking for their quality of connections with people. How do they see other people? Are they able to see other people as having ... real feelings and thoughts and motivations?" she said.

Humes said a commitment to changing perceptions about the homeless is the best way to eliminate the stigma that exists against the homeless community.

"Something has to shift so that we have to take some responsibility for these people.  And I think as a society we've moved more and more towards everybody's in it for themselves," she said.

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