ILLINOIS – Four charged for assaulting mentally disabled man

Four black people face hate crime and kidnapping charges for the Facebook Live-aired torture of a mentally disabled white man.

Jordan Hill, 18, Tesfaye Cooper, 18, Brittany Covington, 18, and Tanishia Covington, 24, are expected to appear in a Chicago court on Friday.

All four suspects have been charged with unlawful restraint and aggravated battery.

In the video, the assailants can be heard making derogatory statements against white people and Donald Trump.

Chicago police have described the incident as a “sickening”.

The suspects have also all been charged with aggravated unlawful restraint and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Hill is further charged with robbery and possession of a stolen motor.

All the suspects, apart from Tanishia Covington, also each face a count of residential burglary.

In an assault that went on for two days in a flat on the Illinois city’s west side, the victim was made to drink from a toilet bowl, had part of his scalp removed with a knife, and was bound, gagged and beaten.

The unnamed 18-year-old –– a school acquaintance of one of the alleged attackers –– was found disorientated, walking the streets.

He was taken to hospital, traumatised, and had difficulty communicating with police, but was later discharged.

“It makes you wonder what would make individuals treat somebody like that,” said Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson.

“I’ve been a cop for 28 years, and I’ve seen things that you shouldn’t see in a lifetime, but it still amazes me how you still see things that you just shouldn’t.”

Another police spokesman said earlier that the four black suspects had made “terrible racist statements” during the assault.

But he said investigators suspect the victim was targeted because he has “special needs”, not because he is white.

In the 30-minute video, the attackers can be seen cutting the victim’s clothes, dropping cigarette ash on him, pushing his head back with a foot and drawing blood by cutting off some of his hair with a knife.

Several people can be seen drinking, laughing and smoking, while their captive cowers in the corner of the room.

In other videos posted online the young man is beaten, made to drink from a toilet bowl and forced at knife-point to say: “I love black people”.

An African-American woman talks to the camera, sometimes with slurred speech. At least two male African-Americans are also visible in the footage.

The incident has provoked a strong reaction on Twitter, especially among the alt-right – the fringe group that celebrated US President-elect Trump’s election win with Nazi salutes.

They said the mainstream media was slower to react, and the police more hesitant to label it a hate crime, than if a black person had been assaulted by white people.

The hashtag #BLMKidnapping was adopted by users suggesting the Black Lives Matter campaign was in some way involved.

But police have not mentioned the organisation in connection with the incident.

Source: (BBC)

18 Responses to ILLINOIS – Four charged for assaulting mentally disabled man

  1. Julia Robinson
    Julia Robinson January 5, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    These four should be locked up.

    Reply
  2. Santini More
    Santini More January 5, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    What a tragedy!

    Reply
  3. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne January 5, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    I can’t believe what madness I am seeing here. Four youths who should’ve known better than to unfair a disabled man. SMH

    Reply
  4. Michelle Griffith
    Michelle Griffith January 5, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    Jail for life,they tormented that poor guy,and to think he had befriended one of these sick,deranged waste of human.

    Reply
  5. Adelia de Silvia
    Adelia de Silvia January 5, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    Well, if apart from those pics. they ook like that in real life.. just looking at their eyes they show what they are.

    Reply
  6. Gail Agard Wallace
    Gail Agard Wallace January 5, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    Wicked

    Reply
  7. Sybil Marshall
    Sybil Marshall January 6, 2017 at 12:30 am

    Evil in its purest form! Wonder what twisted upbringing was responsible for such depravity. The faces of humans but the minds of beasts!

    Reply
  8. Hewers of wood January 6, 2017 at 12:58 am

    Well that is life.

    Reply
  9. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba January 6, 2017 at 12:59 am

    YES JAIL THEM, BUT FOR LIFE? I DON’T SUPPORT WHAT THEY DID, LESSON HERE, STRIVE NOT WITH A MAN WITHOUT CAUSE, IF HE HAVE DONE THEE NO HARM..PROVERBS 3:30

    Reply
    • Martin McCormick
      Martin McCormick January 6, 2017 at 1:33 am

      More Ali Baba rubbish

      Reply
    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba January 6, 2017 at 1:38 am

      IF THEY HAD NOT STRIVE WITH THE MAN, PLUS HE DISABLE, WOULD THEY BE FACING ANY CHARGES TODAY?

      Reply
    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba January 6, 2017 at 1:40 am

      DO’T WORRY BOUT ME, YOU ALL WILL HAVE LOTS AH RUBBISH IN THE WHITE HOUSE TO DEAL WITH

      Reply
      • Sherlock Holmes. January 6, 2017 at 10:32 pm

        The rubbish in the white house has been given marching orders, my dear boy.

        Reply
    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba January 6, 2017 at 1:40 am

      DON’T

      Reply
  10. Hewers of wood January 6, 2017 at 8:54 am

    There has always been a black and white struggle in the earth, it has been for a long time. No one can dismiss this. Trump will help to further catapult and escalate this situation. This will bring Martial law and all out war. It will be much different this time as both whites and blacks are armed with guns.

    Reply
  11. Hewers of wood January 6, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Not one black person should respond to this article positively. Go and watch civil rights videos and slavery. How they cut the babies out of the black women bellies and let them fall to the floor. Still treating blacks like crap. Short memory people.

    Reply
    • Sherlock Holmes. January 6, 2017 at 10:28 pm

      So you are rendering evil for evil,evil thrives when good people say nothing.We are all cognizant of the sufferings of the black race, but this vile act by these clowns cannot be condoned.What they did to that young man was reprehensible and were it a case where this was done to a black person America would probably be burnt to the ground by the clowns who are a part of BLM and their cohorts. These four clowns should be flogged and given life imprisonment, Mr Hewer of Wood you are hewing too much wood it is apparently resting on your brain if you believe the nonsense that Trump is responsible for the actions of these criminals you are one of the delusional followers of the reports from the USA mainstream media who is constantly propagating the Trump blame narrative, educate yourself about what is really going on in the USA you will be shockingly surprised.

      Reply
  12. Roger Gibbons January 8, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    There is no excuse for what they did. They are wrong period.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *