A Chicago Torture video, which was put on display for the world to see through Facebook live, has left the world in disgust. The video shows four blacks attacking a white man and saying “f*ck Donald Trump n*gger, f*ck white people, boy.”
In what is arguably one of the most despicable attacks shared on social media, four young people held a teen with special needs captive and tortured him for hours. With wrists tied and mouth taped shut, kidnappers took turns beating and taunting him. At one point, they cut his hair and scalp with a sharp knife.
Here are five facts about Chicago torture video that the world needs to know.
Black & White
The world has been struggling to do away with color discrimination but the age-old injustice seems to prevail. While we preach fraternity and cosmopolitanism, it seems there is a dark demon within us. The assailants made derogatory statements against white people and Donald Trump. They can be heard saying “f*ck Donald Trump n*gger, f*ck white people, boy,” in the video. And the question is- are we still divided between black & White.
Initially, the police did not label the incident as a hate crime but after social media backlash and further review, investigators have now registered it as such. However, authorities believe that the victim was not tortured because of his race.
2. The Assailants Identified
The police announced charges Thursday against Tesfaye Cooper, 18; Jordan Hill, 18; Tanishia Covington, 24; and sister Brittany Covington, 18. The video was reportedly filmed by Brittany Herring.
3. Charges Against The Perpetrators
According to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, the suspects have been charged with aggravated unlawful restraint, residential burglary, aggravated kidnapping – the most serious of all – and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
Aggravated kidnapping alone carries a minimum sentence of six years and a potential prison sentence of 30 years.
4. The Victim
The 18-year-old man was a missing person from northwest suburban Crystal Lake. Police told WBBM-TV that the man has special needs. The police found him wandering in streets in a state of trauma. The authorities drew the connection with the disturbing Facebook video. The victim apparently knew the suspects already.
“He is an acquaintance of one of these subjects,” Chicago Police Cmdr. Kevin Duffin said. “Apparently, they met out in the suburbs. These subjects then stole a van out in the suburbs and then brought him into Chicago.
Considering that the man was with special needs, it also constitutes a hate crime under Illinois law. The Chicago police spokesman said that investigators don’t think the man was targeted because of his race, even though attackers made comments on white people and the victim’s race in the videos.
The victim’s family live in Streamwood, Illinois, and police there are also investigating the case. The victim’s parents started receiving texts from someone who claimed to be holding their son.
5. Background Details
The victim and one of the suspects- Jordan Hill were in the same high school. They both met at a suburban McDonald’s on December 31 where the victim’s parents had dropped him off. Later, they drove to a home in the 3400 block of Lexington Avenue in a stolen van. The police say that the victim had no idea about the van that Hill had stolen.
They were to meet their friends and reached an apartment where the Covingtons live, police said. The victim told that they all went into a play fight which escalated and turned into a horrific torture.
When the downstairs neighbor called the police to report the loud noise in Covingtons’ apartment, the victim escaped. The police later found him wandering in the neighborhood in a state of shock.