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The Chicongo 4 are now facing hate crime charges. Give yourselves a pat on the back. We made it happen.
Every blog post, Tweet, Facebook post, repost of deleted youtube and Twitter videos, and every comment contributed to the charges. Otherwise, this crime was going to be swept under the rug.
Excerpt from abc7chicago
CHICAGO (WLS) — Four people were charged Thursday in connection with the apparent torture of an 18-year-old man with special needs that was streamed live on Facebook. They each face several other charges.
Jordan Hill, 18, of Carpentersville; Tesfaye Cooper, 18, of Chicago; Brittany Covington, 18, of Chicago; and Tanishia Covington, 24, of Chicago; were each charged with aggravated kidnapping, hate crime, aggravated unlawful restraint, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and residential burglary, according to the Cook County state’s attorney. Hill was also charged with robbery and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
In a press conference Thursday afternoon, Chicago police detectives laid out the timeline of events they said led up to the video showing the victim tied up, kicked, beaten, yelled at, slashed and forced to drink toilet water.
Police said they don’t know the motive behind the apparent torture or the suspects’ decision to film it. At one point, the teens, who are black, told the victim, who is white, to say he loves black people.
Police said they investigated the attack as a hate crime and said the state’s attorney agreed by approving their charges.
“The actions in that video are reprehensible. Along with racism, they have no place in Chicago or no place for that matter,” Supt. Eddie Johnson said.
The victim, who is from northwest suburban Crystal Lake, was reported missing from nearby Streamwood by his parents on Monday. Police said they had not heard from him since Saturday, when they dropped him off at the McDonald’s near Schaumburg and Barrington roads to meet up for a sleepover with Hill. Police said the two were “acquaintances” who met at a school in Aurora.
Unbeknownst to the victim, investigators said Hill had stolen a van prior to picking up the victim. The pair then drove around for the next two days, visiting friends and sleeping in the van. It wasn’t until Tuesday that police said Hill brought the victim to an apartment in the 3400-block of West Lexington Avenue in the Homan Square neighborhood on Chicago’s West Side.
Investigators said the victim told them he got into a “play fight” with Hill that escalated when two of Hill’s acquaintances, the Covington sisters, became aggravated with him. Investigators said that is when the victim was tied up and the battery began. Police said the victim was left tied up in the corner for four to five hours. Streamwood police victim’s parents told officers they had received text messages from people who claimed to be holding him captive.
When a downstairs neighbor complained about the noise and threatened to call 911, police said the Covington sisters kicked in her door and stole something. That prompted the neighbor to call police and gave the victim the opportunity to escape, investigators said.