Four people have been charged with hate crimes and several felonies, including aggravated kidnapping, in the brutal beating and torture
of a mentally disabled man, Chicago authorities say. The 18-year-old man was attacked in a home on Tuesday after meeting up with one of the accused assailants, who he knew from high school, police said. Part of the assault was streamed live on Facebook,
and other videos were also posted to social media. In the videos, the attackers can be heard yelling "f*ck Donald Trump" and "f*ck white people," while drinking and smoking. Charges were announced Thursday against Jordan Hill
, 18; Tesfaye Cooper
, 18; Tanishia Covington
, 24; and Brittany Covington
, 18, who filmed the video and also goes by the name Brittany Herring.
Hill is from Carpentersville, Illinois, while Cooper and the Covingtons, who are sisters, are form Chicago. 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. The most serious charge, aggravated kidnapping, carries a potential prison sentence of 30 years, with a minimum sentence of six years. The four suspects remain in custody and are expected to appear in court Friday. You can see the video
and read more about the case here.
Click through the gallery to see the mugshots of the four suspects.
Brittany Herring posted a video on Facebook Live showing a man with special needs being tortured and beaten in Chicago. She and three others are in police custody.Click here to read more
Read more about this video in Spanish at AhoraMismo.com:
Un video de Facebook Live muestra cómo un hombre es atado y torturado en vivo por el internet.Click here to read more