Suspects Accused of Vile Acts to Disabled Man Due in Court
CHICAGO – Four people accused of tying up and torturing a mentally disabled man and then live streaming the abuse on Facebook are scheduled to appear in court on today.
The two men and two women accused in the brutal beating are facing hate crime, kidnapping and battery charges, reported Fox News.
Eighteen-year-olds Brittany Covington, Tesfaye Cooper and Jordan Hill, and 24-year-old Tanishia Covington are believed to be the individuals captured on Facebook Live shouting vile racial slurs and anti-Trump statements at the disabled man.
The incident caught the attention of the entire nation yesterday. Even President Barack Obama called the attack “despicable.”
“In part because we see visuals of racial tensions, violence and so forth because of smart phones and the Internet,” Obama said.
The cell phone video was viewed by millions of people on social media. Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson called it “sickening.”
Authorities say the hate crime charges resulted from both the suspects’ use of racial slurs and their references to the victim’s disability. The suspects are black, the victim is white.
The case becomes part of the carnage that has occurred in the Windy City under the leadership Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
“If Mayor can’t do it he must ask for Federal help!” Trump tweeted at the beginning of the month.