WATCH: Chicago Police Downplay Torture Video as ‘Stupidity’

Chicago’s police superintendent and a police commander are drawing fire on social media for initially seeming to downplay the horrific torture video showing a group of teenagers attacking a special needs man. See above video.

Suspects use the “F” word to refer to President Elect Donald Trump and white people in the video, which streamed live on Facebook. One suspect also referred to the victim by his race, calling him a “b-tch as- white thug.” Yet, police hesitated to outright label it a hate crime at first.

However, police were talking a tougher tune on Thursday, January 5. “The actions in that video are reprehensible,” Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson insisted.

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.

On Wednesday, though, some felt police seemed to downplay or mitigate the offenses by labeling them stupidity and stupid decisions and not being willing to outright call the incident a hate crime. Police say they were investigating all of the facts before making firm judgments.

Kevin Duffin, a police commander, said in a Wednesday news conference on the video:

You know although they are adults, they’re 18. Kids make stupid dec– I shouldn’t call them kids, they’re legally adults. But they are young adults, and they make stupid decisions. That certainly will be part of whether or not a hate crime – whether we seek a hate crime and determine whether or not this is sincere or just stupid ranting and raving.

A social media post ricocheting around the Internet says Duffin said the suspects made stupid “mistakes,” but he used the word decisions.

Police were also criticized for refusing to immediately classify the attack as a hate crime, saying it’s under investigation.

Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson on Wednesday had labeled the attack stupidity, which some are also characterizing as downplaying the seriousness of the attack. Watch:

Johnson also said he didn’t think the crime was politically motivated, even though the teenagers in the video bring up Donald Trump in incendiary terms. “I think some of it’s just stupidity,” he said in the news conference. “You know, people just ranting about something they think might make a headline. At this point, we don’t have anything concrete to point us in that direction (of a hate crime), but we will keep investigating.”

Here’s the full press conference by Chicago police:

The Facebook Live videos show a group of black teenagers attacking and harassing a white special needs man. The woman streaming it, Brittany Herring, laughs during the video as other suspects say such things as “F-ck Donald Trump. F-ck white people, boy.” He is seen being kicked and punched. You can watch the video below.

They cut off pieces of the victim’s hair and order him to stand up, while the woman streaming the video calls him a “b-tch as- white thug.” At one point, she says that her little sister “said it’s not funny,” but she added, “This sh-t is hilarious.” In a second video, the suspects force the victim to drink from a toilet and to say “f-ck Donald Trump.” Four suspects are now under arrest, although they have not yet been identified by police.

Twitter reaction was swift:

Watch the videos here:

WATCH: Man ‘Tied Up & Tortured’ on Facebook Live in Chicago

A man with special needs was tied up and tortured in a Facebook Live video in Chicago, police say. In the video a person can be heard yelling slurs about Donald Trump.

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See photos of the two sisters under arrest here:

Brittany Covington & Tanishia: See Pictures of the Chicago Sisters

Brittany Herring (Brittany Covington) and Tanishia Covington are two sisters accused in the Chicago torture video Facebook Live case. See photos of them.

Click here to read more

Read more about the video in Spanish at

VER: Hombre Es Atado y Torturado en Vivo por Facebook Live [Vídeo]

Un video de Facebook Live muestra cómo un hombre es atado y torturado en vivo por el internet.

Click here to read more

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  1. @Chicago_Police if this ISN’T a hate crime then what is?!?!? Four white 18 year olds kicking cutting and beating a special needs black kid while screaming “eff Obama, eff black people!” If you CAN’T call this a hate crime then you need to just step down!!! It’s obvious to all of America Chicago Police can’t do their jobs to begin with and now we see why looking at this lack of “leadership”!!!!

  2. Kevin Duffin. A stupid mistake? When they define ass. There’s Kevin Duffin. What a loser. A stupid mistake? Who’s ass are you pushing your nose up into? Moron!

  3. Fine. The police won’t take this seriously then the people will. These “young adults” had best be careful about the fires that they start. A lot of us are sick and tired of putting up with this crap. If the police won’t protect us and take matters like this seriously then we will take these matters into our own hands.

  4. Having a child with any special needs takes on a more “Lion likeness” role of being their voice or advocate. Jon and I have realized that over these past 3 and half years that if you want something for your child, you have to muddle through the mess to get what your child requires. I am appalled, outraged and fuming mad as hell that the Chicago Police Commander Kevin Duffin had the audacity to state that the 4 ADULTS (18 year olds) are kids making stupid decisions!!!!!!!!!! ARE YOU STUPID Commander! How dare you downplay this HATE CRIME! How dare you take this torture, attack and brush this OFF!!!! you Sir are an ASS! Stand up and do what is right, Psalm 139:13-16

    For you formed my inward parts;
    you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
    I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
    Wonderful are your works;
    my soul knows it very well.
    My frame was not hidden from you,
    when I was being made in secret,
    intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
    Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
    in your book were written, every one of them,
    the days that were formed for me,
    when as yet there was none of them.

    God creates all life purposefully and that life begins in the womb.

  5. you can throw all hate crime statistics out the window, folks. they are all discredited now. any credibility hate crime statistics had left has just completely vanished. any time someone brings up a hate crime statistic, all you need to do is bring up this case and that it wasn’t counted as a hate crime and those statistics are invalidated.

  6. This is 100% a complete HATE crime!!!! WTF??? Whats wrong with these cops. Chicago is a shit show….Rahm needs to step down. The Feds need to takeover the police – our [police have no direction and make excuses. There almost saying this is OK.

  7. This is sickening I’m not even going to watch the vedio I don’t know how it’s not a hate crime and wait about crimes on persons with disabilities SMH they all should go to jail for a long time we’ve all done stupid things but this was cruel an eight year old knows better than to treat someone like that so yea at eighteen they knew better the stupid part was posting it live and getting caught I just hope they all get what they deserve

  8. The silence of all the racists at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue; particularly Barry Soetoro and Moochelle, regarding this is deafening.

    Obama’s legacy? Encouraging thugs to thug. The most crime infested areas of the country are all run by Democrats.

    He destroyed our economy with measures like the ACA and immigration amnesty. The “Affordable” Care Act has been nothing short of a disaster. My health insurance bill is up to $450/month. (Compare this to my $25/month auto insurance from Insurance Panda or my $10/month renters insurance – both private enterprise!) And he is anti-police! He probably thinks these guys did a good job!

    They need to be brought up on RICO charges, kidnapping charges and terrorist charges! I hope Trump sees this!

  9. “At this point, we don’t have anything concrete to point us in that direction (of a hate crime)” No, just a video that documents the torture. It’s unreal how the police are downplaying this as if isn’t a big deal. These 4 “thugs” should rot in prison for a long time.

  10. The definition of a hate crime so, WHERE IS OBAMA AND HIS PHONY, POLITICIZED JUSTICE DEPT.??????????????????

    Non existent because Obama, his cabinet and his supporters are the racists we’ve always suspected them of being.

    Pigs. Can’t WAIT for them to vacate government in just 15 MORE DAYS!!!!

  11. If the races were reversed, the media would be calling for a national demonstration. I am so sick of blacks being excused for their depraved, amoral, perverse, violent actions. Everything from schools to shopping malls has been destroyed by blacks and their animal behavior. These subhumans should be put down. Starting with that disgusting, ugly, sperm monkey who posted this video. I bet she already has two welfair babies. Disgusting piece of shit.

  12. Kevin Duffin please resign. Have some respect for yourself. Get the F&^% out of law enforcement. And take the rest of worthless cops who don’t want to protect people with disabilities with you.

  13. I can recall how President-Elect Trump was pilloried by the media for what the media interpreted as mocking hand gestures toward the mentally challenged.

    Here we have taped evidence of animals kidnapping and torturing a mentally challenged young man.

    It’s deplorable and in no way should it be diminished being called stupid or a mistake.

    It’s demented, criminal and evil.

    Had this been a White group doing the same thing to a Black kid all we would hear and see from Emanuel and the media is, “That’s not who we are.”

    I am sick and tired of the liberal double standard.

    These hacks in uniform and the Mayor ought to have the backs of citizens three away from them everywhere they go.