I think we all knew this was coming, the only question was whether they would be charged with a hate crime. Four people were arrested Thursday of committing a hate crime, in connection with the 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 restaint, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and residential burglary. Hill was also charged with robbery and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
The video shows the victim, who police said has mental disabilities, was forced to drink toilet water, slashed, beaten and yelled at.
A Facebook spokesperson released this statement Thursday:
“We do not allow people to celebrate or glorify crimes on Facebook and have removed the original video for this reason. In many instances, though, when people share this type of content, they are doing so to condemn violence or raise awareness about it. In that case, the video would be allowed.”
All four suspects will appear in Bond Court around 1:30 p.m. Friday.