4 charged with hate crime in Facebook Live torture of man with special needs

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CHICAGO — Four people accused of torturing a mentally disabled man in Chicago were charged with a hate crime on Thursday, according to WGN.

The disturbing 30-minute video shows a man tied up and his mouth covered, cowering in the corner of room. His attackers laugh and shout "f*ck Donald Trump" and "f*ck white people" as they kick and punch him and and cut into his forehead with a knife.

The attack was streamed live on Facebook.

Jordan Hill, 18, Tesfaye Cooper, 18, Brittany Covington, 18, and Tanishia Covinton, 24, all face hate crime and aggravated kidnapping charges in addition to other related charges.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said the video shows a "brutal act toward an adult male with mental health challenges."

Police say officers observed a disoriented male in "distress" walking in the 3400 block of West Lexington Wednesday around 5:30 p.m., according to WGN. After speaking to the victim, the officers then responded to a home nearby. There, they discovered “signs of a struggle and damage to property.” Police say the officers connected this evidence to the disoriented male.

The victim was taken to the hospital and is in stable condition.

“Officers later became aware of a social media video depicting a battery of an adult male which is believed to be the same individual,” police said in a statement.

Earlier Thursday, Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said that the four black suspects made “terrible racist statements” during the assault but that police believe the victim was targeted because he has “special needs,” not because of his race.

The investigation is ongoing.

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  • Bob

    Their parents must be proud of them, if they had any. If a dog attracted someone they would put the dog to sleep. These thugs are no better than a rabbit dogs, put them to sleep.

    It’s time to send a message that people can understand and remember.

  • steve

    I wish that these subhumans would never see a courtroom. Just take them out back, let a mob stomp them into the ground and then bury what’s left. Simple.

  • whiteman

    That song f donald trump is a racial song. Cant believe it was ok’d to air. oh made by blacks. if whites made a racial song about obama, it wouldn’t have been ok’d. whaat happend to equal rights?? Whites are tarnished all the way around….harder to get jobs too. Wow. minority rights. being a women its a double whamie. Take that song off the air.