Brittany Herring ‘Torture’ Video: Why is Black Lives Matter in the Hashtag?

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A screenshot from the video.

The Chicago suspects in the racially charged Facebook Live torture videos never use the phrase “Black Lives Matter.”

So why is the trending Twitter hashtag being used to describe the attack #BLMKidnapping? (Police also aren’t sure the incident is actually a kidnapping, as that angle remains under investigation). The hashtag has been used many thousands of times.

People then created a new purposely misspelled hashtag #blmkiddnaping because they were worried Twitter was stopping it from trending. That hashtag was also trending.

A police spokesman said June 5 that police think the victim was targeted because of his special needs status, not his race, although members of the group use expletives to refer to white people in the videos. The horrific videos show the suspects, who have yet to be named, making the man drink from a toilet, cutting his hair and sweatshirt, punching and kicking him, and using expletives to refer to Donald Trump and white people.

Charges were announced Thursday against Jordan Hill and Tesfaye Cooper, both 18, and two sisters, Brittany Herring (Covington) and Tanishia Covington in connection with the horrific videos, which have gone viral and been viewed by many thousands of people.

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office said they are charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated unlawful restraint, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and residential burglary. They are all also charged with hate crime, a charge police hesitated on committing to Wednesday night. Police had drawn criticism on social media for refusing to outright label the crime as a hate crime during their initial news conference.

The most serious charge, aggravated kidnapping, carries a potential prison sentence of 30 years, with a minimum sentence of six years.

The videos (there are more than one) have sparked a racial conflict online, with some accusing the media of downplaying black-on-white violence, but others charging racism for linking Black Lives Matter to black suspects who didn’t even mention it. Police have also not alleged that BLM – which started as a protest movement against police shootings but some have labeled a hate group – was a motivation for the attack.

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Brittany Herring. (Facebook)

The Facebook page of Brittany Herring – who streamed the video on her page – and some of the alleged suspects (Chicago police have yet to release their names) – are now filled with overtly racist comments from strangers upset about the videos.

BBC reported that a far-right site called InfoWars got the hashtag started even though the suspects don’t mention Black Lives Matter in the videos. “It was given an initial boost by the conspiracy-minded right-wing site Infowars.com, and its editor-at-large,” BBC reported.

Alt-right leader Richard Spencer – who led a group that gave the Nazi salute after Trump’s election – has pushed the hashtag on social media, as has a “Pizzagate” conspirator, BBC reported.

https://twitter.com/this1isno1/status/816806387909095424

Spencer has used the hashtag multiple times.

Some are accusing Twitter of trying to downplay the hashtag.

https://twitter.com/trump2016fan/status/816874683714957312

Brittany Herring, who first streamed the video live on Facebook, doesn’t have much political commentary on her Facebook page. She writes about court dates and her life, but doesn’t seem to have a political activist focus.

On Twitter, some are challenging those who have used the hashtag #BLMKidnapping:

https://twitter.com/_wolffuture/status/817045921905213440

Others believe the media have a double standard:

You can watch the video here:

Learn more about the hate crime angle here:


Read more about this video in Spanish at AhoraMismo.com:

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7 Comments

mickey2942

I am glad that the young man escaped. He could have been killed. I hope Black Lives Matters comes out against this type of violence.

Nobody

The government did not want to charge the 4 black terrorist with a hate crime. Because of the special rights they have over other American citizens. But as we all know, we all have it all wrong !
The 4 terrorist we’re just playing and having a little fun ! What have they done in the past ?
Have they been kidnapping women and torturing them to be prostitutes ? Apparently they were pretty comfortable and let him go.
So it is my belief they’ve done this before. But they didn’t get caught.
Obama should come to the rescue and give them all a big big pardon.
Thank God they were caught these filthy animals could have been roaming the streets.
But now they’re going to go to jail and grow old Behind Bars. Bye !! Bye !!

Nara

Screw you for defending her. You are sick, this guy WAS kidnapped. Why can’t you people take responsibility?

Anonymous

Seriously.. some of Heavy’s contributors lean very far left, and it’s been more and more obvious over the past few months.

Anonymous

“[She….] doesn’t have much political commentary on her Facebook page. She writes about court dates and her life, but doesn’t seem to have a political activist focus.”
People with agendas are trying to link this despicable act to the Black Lives Matter movement.
They are trying to create what’s known as “fake news”.

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