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Tanishia Covington: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Tanishia Covington. (Facebook)

Two of the four suspects accused of torturing a Chicago special needs man on Facebook Live video are sisters.

Tanishia Covington, 24, is one of the four; she is the sister of Brittany Herring, the 18-year-old woman who initially streamed the Facebook Live video. (Brittany also sometimes uses the last name of Covington.)

The videos have sparked outrage throughout the nation and have been viewed by thousands, if not millions of people. In them, the suspects force the victim to say “f-ck Donald Trump” and accused him of being a Trump supporter while punching him, cutting his hair, and forcing him to drink from a toilet. They also make disparaging comments about white people on the videos.

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A photo Tanishia Covington posted on Facebook.

The suspects are black, and the victim is white.

Charges were announced Thursday against the sisters, along with 18-year-olds Jordan Hill, 18 and Tesfaye Cooper, 18.

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.

Hill is from Carpentersville, Illinois, while Cooper and the Covingtons are from Chicago.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. Covington Has Expressed Support on Facebook for a Rap Group/Gang With Many Murdered Members

Several of the suspects have indicated support for rappers involved in a gang known as the Pooh Bear Gang or PGB, which is reportedly an offshoot of the Gangster Disciples, a large criminal organization, and they share its music.

Some of their friends on Facebook have posted repeatedly about PGB, as well as about a locally iconic slain rapper known as Young Pappy. Covington posted a memorial to a rapper named Mosey Duece, who was gunned down in a shooting shortly after he lamented on Facebook all of the violence that had taken his circle of friends. Memorials to Duece ,who was tied into the PGB group, are also common among some of her friends on Facebook. One of her friends wrote, “F-ck Munchie!!! We #YoungPappy😈 Gang!!!! #PBG #LiveFromMoseyWorld🌎”

The memorial to Duece that Covington posted:

The PBG gang – or Pooh Bear Gang – is a subset of the Chicago Gangster Disciples. Its leader, a rapper who went by the name of Young Pappy, was also gunned down in 2015. He had previously been the target of shootings that ended the lives of innocent bystanders instead, reported The Chicago Sun-Times. It’s a violent subculture.

Covington is a member of a group devoted to memorializing the slain gang member whose nickname, Pooh Bear, gave the gang and rap group its name. Her top two posts on Facebook were rap videos from members of the group. On one of them, she wrote, “Listen up like Trump.”

One video on the group’s YouTube Channel shows young men wielding large guns.

Covington’s posts are sometimes written in street slang.

“It’s so much money out here shorty u gotta get it KobeGirl,” she wrote recently. “Ok brought the new year in my sister lul Bit mfs not on our level so wait hold up u b-tches better slow up,” she wrote in another post. “Me and my kids gone be straight band up or die sorry for the wait,” she wrote in yet another.

“Im just boolin but all that sneakdissin need to stop mfs just need to get a life ok then maybe il slide ok bool,” said another recent post.

Since her identity was revealed, people have filled Covington’s Facebook page with angry comments – and in some cases threats and racist comments.

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.

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2. Covington Is a Young Mother & Lamented Her Dysfunctional Family

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Tanishia Covington. (Facebook)

Covington wrote on Facebook, “My family been my downfall the whole time sh-t sad asl (sic).” She wrote noted, “My daughter 2 my son 11 months wow by the time they 5 we gone be straight period.” One picture of a young child shows him appearing to flash a sign with his hand.

She also wrote, “Me and my kids got a whole life ahead of us we wouldnt have Gods blessings if we didnt suffer and work hard first.” Although some of her posts are about her children, others are about partying.

One December 28, she wrote, “I love being a adult being a mother and being independent.” Her profile says, “Long Live Loyalty i jumpd offda porchNwent North Artist and Leader Northpole Princess Momof3😍 KDwife.”

A friend responded, shortly before the Facebook video gained extensive media attention, “You yo own downfall I’m highly disappointed in you frfr I f-cked with you hard no matter what but that sh-t y’all did yesterday was f-cked up and stupid I can’t f-ck wit you no more frfr.”

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Tanishia Covington. (Facebook)

Although one of the suspects mentioned Trump in the video, Chicago’s police superintendent said he didn’t think the crime was motivated by politics. “I think some of it is just stupidity, people just ranting about something that they think might make a headline. I don’t think that at this point we have anything concrete to really point us in that direction, but we’ll keep investigating and we’ll let the facts guide us on how this concludes,” he said.

There is no evidence from Tanishia’s social media presence that she was politically active.


3. Chicago Police Found the Victim Wandering Around Disoriented

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Tanishia Covington. (Facebook)

Police said in a statement that “patrol officers observed a disoriented male walking 3400 W. Lexington on January 3, 2017 who was then transported to an area hospital for treatment.”

At 5:26 p.m., officers subsequently responded to a battery at a residence on the 3300 block of W. Lexington “where they discovered signs of a struggle and damage to the property and (were) able to link this evidence to the disoriented male,” the police statement said.

You can watch the police news conference on the incident here:

Officers later “became aware of a social media video depicting a battery of an adult male which is believed to be the same individual. At this point CPD believes the video is credible and detectives are questioning persons of interest in the case.”

Chicago police said the victim, whom police believe is from a neighboring suburb and may have known the suspects through high school, “was transported to an area hospital in stable condition. The investigation is ongoing.”

Captain Steven Sesso, who is the commanding officer of the 11th District, said “alert 11th District officers encountered” the victim and added that it “didn’t feel right, the situation. They saw clearly this individual was in distress, that he was in crisis. And they cared enough to do something about it.”

Detective Commander Kevin Duffin referred to the victim as “an acquaintance” of one of the suspects from high school and said they “met in the suburbs, the subjects then stole a van out in the suburbs and drove him into Chicago.” That suspect was Hill, police said.

Police had said victim “was missing from Crystal Lake,” the Chicago Tribune reported.

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4. The Viral Videos Show the Man Being Tortured

In the first Facebook Live video, which is very lengthy, you see the man gagged, and some of the suspects cut his sweatshirt sleeves with knives as music plays in the background. The victim’s name has not been released.

The video was first streamed live on the Facebook page of Covington’s sister, a young woman named Brittany Herring (who sometimes also uses the last name Covington,and who 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.

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, Herring says that her little sister “said it’s not funny,” but she added, “This sh-t is hilarious.”

In a second video, the suspects for the victim to drink from a toilet and to say “f-ck Donald Trump.”

An NBC5 reporter wrote on Twitter, “Man in torture video was reported missing by parents who then got text messages from captors. Police then found Facebook Posts.”

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5. Covington Has a Past Arrest History

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Tanishia Covington. (Facebook)

The Chicago police arrest history website shows three past arrests for Covington:

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(Chicago Police Department)

Tanishia Covington was caught previously in a stolen vehicle. The Chicago Tribune reported that she was also accused in 2014 of domestic battery and endangering a child “for slapping a woman twice in the face as the woman held a 10-month-old infant.” Brittany was accused of stealing liquor, but the case was dismissed, the Tribune reported.

Three other suspects were also charged January 5.

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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.

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

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

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54 comments

  1. “young mother of two…”
    lol, yup, two more future hater of white people that will sponge off taxpayers, the same taxpayers they target.
    Can’t figure out why whites don’t know any better. Oh well, some it takes a bit longer to learn I guess.

  2. This is the anti-white, anti-America, anti-Israel, anti-heterosexual, anti-christian, anti-family world that the liberal/progressives have always desired.
    So this is where they have wanted us to “progress” to for all these years. Yay!

  3. What pieces of shit. This is where welfare and the low life bahavior gets you. Real garbage 4 animals we dont need in this world. Crack babies

  4. Is that a pistol that felonious obama youth has?
    Why white people even be around blacks is beyond me, but I guess more whites need to learn their lesson as they’re still stupid. They’ll learn, just like this kid just did.

  5. All of them are high. They act like the typical gang types. i wish they could put them in Jail for life and let them enjoy feeling what GANG LIFE Is really life. they are disgusting creeps.

  6. There is no excuse for what they did but keep in mind, they did not shoot an unarmed person, or kick a hanger in anyone’s but. So keep that in mind as you judge these young black suspects.

    • so torturing and kidnapping an autistic teen should be compared to all other situations before people can judge it? i hope you’re a troll

    • Are you serious?? Did you seriously mean that because they didnt kill him it’s ok? I hope they have fun in prison. But also hope they don’t last long there. Surely the prisoners will defend an autistic child.

  7. the filthy savages should be put down. their only potential in life is being a drain on society only capable of drug use and violence

  8. WHAT! NO OUTRAGE OVER THE SEXUAL ABUSE (SODOMIZING WITH A COAT HANGER ) OF A SPECIAL NEEDS BLACK YOUTH BY WHITE JOCKS IN IDAHO?

    • Hey, that wasn’t a hate crime… they boys where 18, 17 and 16… it’s more a case of kids being stupid kids and making wrong decisions.
      You know, not unlike these kids who recently tortured and nearly scalped a retarded kid in a 24 hour abduction interlaced with racial slurs.

      • You need therapy to post this type of comment, really? Apparently you don’t understand righteous morals and clearly not educated “dr” enough to understand integrity, to post such incompetent thoughts of someone enjoying being tortured with a hangar…to voice this is very upsetting. This is wrong and not an intelligent response…

  9. First of all, Obama being President has no bearing on the situation! He’s not responsible for the actions of others. He didn’t raise them to become the persons they are. So miss me with that b.s. Charity begins at home, if the parents taught them properly they wouldn’t do this to any human being regardless of race, color or creed! I’m glad they were dumb enough to go “live”…I hope they never get out of prison for what they’ve done. They are an embarrassment to say the least!

    • I fully agree with Ruby, as a family law assistant, it doesn’t matter what color you are peps, what matters is morals and how upbringing by the parents to be taught with righteousness and have integrity. Regardless if this boy was white or black or American Indian like myself, or any other diverse nationality, with a “disability ” …. ( you just dont call people with disabilities a retard)… we all know better than this and know what these young adults did is Not right. Morals people not racist or political, people need to teach their families to have integrity in their lives. Yall that speak about the white folk and the black folk did this or that, are wrong. You talk to people of all colors right with integrity and help society with God’s word, and our families would be a lot better and educated. Sadly, these young people accused had no one to teach them morals with integrity in their hearts. Read the Proverbs in the bible, the goodness that is needed in life. Its sad alot of people dont get it.

  10. just a heads up … comments are cherry picked by the admin here .. so dont waste your time writing anything truthful as it will not be posted ..

  11. If this were 4 white teenagers torturing a special needs African American kid, do you think there’d be outrage, riots, and protesting? Where’s Jessie Jackson now?

  12. Wow Isn’t It Ironic That They All Just Turned Eighteen And Thats Just Old Enough To Go To Jail!
    lol And They All Hate White People I Just Love It! I Got News For You Boneheads…
    The White Cops, The White Prosecutor, And The White Judge Are Gonna Put Your Stupid Black Racist @zzes In Jail For Life!
    Too Funny… Can’t Stop Laughing… Have Fun Getting Raped In Jail… Mwuahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha ;D

  13. How can we help the young man that was tortured? Are there any programs set
    Up so that we can help him and his family? It there is then please post it so we can help. As a mom of a special needs youth I can’t imagine what his parents are having to endure. They, and the young man will never trust anyone again. I’m so very sorry the had to suffer this horror. You’re in out prayers. God Bless, Stephanie

  14. This is not a black or white thing, this is a hate crime, you have four ignorant people that happen to be black, against one mentally disabled person who is white. They were caught on tape and should never see daylight again. End of story.

    • Speaking as a white male who voted for Trump, this is not a reason to drum up hate against the black race, slam Obama, join the KKK. All hate groups need to be dealt with, in reading some of these posts trying to leverage this incident to join the KKK is a F_cking joke! I would every member of the KKK to share a cell with these four idiots.

  15. This whore has a dumb face and a nice body. Maybe she can explain why Michele Obamas waist starts right after her shoulder blades. What a deformed bitch.

  16. Ghetto blacks are a sub-human species. These 4 are perfect examples. Just the ghetto names will give you a clue. No one wants to hire anyone remotely like the,. Church? I doubt it. When they have no welfare we may see a turnaround. Hope DHS has the children. They have no chance otherwise.

  17. Let’s stop the PC and answer one question: where were his parent? Consider this: its New Years Eve and you want to go partying all night. What are your chances of getting a responsible, legitimate baby-sitter for an 18 YO boy that is retarded. So you find someone that he went to school with that will have him over for a “sleep-over with friends for the night” so the rest of the family can be free from caring for him and party for a night. You pay them probably less than a real sitter and they don’t care that he is grown and male because he is going to be the “life of the party” for them.

    Now they make a video statement that “this shouldn’t have happened”! Hell no. I wouldn’t this bunch of thugs my dog for the weekend. I love her too much. Perhaps his parents should have thought of him as a pet: stayed home and cared for him. There is no greater responsibility for a parent than to protect your offspring. Other animals will die for theirs. Some of us abandon ours.

    But just for the new year party.

  18. This is literal terrorism. The 4 disguisting pigs should be put to death.

    They are literally NO better than ISIS; “We hate you because of your race, we are going to hurt you.”

    I say it again; this is terrorism. I don’t care how many kids or what family they have, they need to be put to death.

  19. I forgave the two ladys upon seeing their pictures. Good looks go a long way!!! I wish the two of them would do that to me!!! They could be me up anyday!!! (except the men, cuz Im not gay)

    • is anyone even more upset about that racist white boy who bombed a church killing 9 girls. Stuff like that has barely happened since the 1960s. So white people, by that logic must be even worse then the “subhuman ghetto kids” you called these bombshells. They’re like saints by comparison. Guess white people are even more subhuman than anyone by your logic.

  20. what do you say about that racist white boy who recently killed 9 black girls at a church bombing while you called the two young princesses “subhuman ghetto kidz” by your logic white people must be a million times worse!!! The track record dating back to slavery is very ugly and now this white demon kills 9 girls in a church. Stuff like that is taken it back to the 1960s or worse. I judge people by their spirits but you gotta admit that’s pretty hypocritical. White people are the ones who are really subhuman. And by your logic you must agree with that.

  21. Wall off Detroit and send people like these family members there forever. No police, let them all kill each other do whatever they want. Let’s see how that works out for them.

  22. This filthy RACIST welfare breeder needs to be steralized. Slapping a woman holding an infant. Freaking savage. Send the wild animal back to the jungle where it belongs. I’m sure she “dindu nuffins tho”

  23. That is how they get their start have a kid,get a free apt. Food stamps and welfare they get a start and just live off the government. And still fuss how hard things are.they breed like dogs.Black men dont worj just run aftet black wonen like dogs.