Click to watch - Police Charge Four With The Kidnapping And Torture Of Disabled Boy In Chicago [ ViralThread ]

Four people have been charged after a Facebook Live video appeared which revealed they’d beaten and tortured a disabled boy in Chicago. The racially charged attack, which police are now considering a hate crime, was streamed on Facebook Live by 18-year-old Brittany Covington.
Brittany Covington, 18, has been charged along with her sister, 24-year-old Tanishia Covington, Tesfaye Cooper, 18, and Jordan Hill, 18. The foursome have been charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated unlawful restraint, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and residential burglary.
The video has since been deleted from Covington’s profile, but not before it was saved by other Facebook users. In the clip, one offender can be heard saying: “F*ck Donald Trump n*gger, f*ck white people, boy.”
The 18-year-old victim had been reported missing on Monday by his parents. He disappeared after they dropped him off at a McDonald’s to meet up with Hill on Saturday. Hill knew the victim because they had attended the same school.
The assault allegedly took place in the apartment block where Brittany Covington and her sister Tanishia live. According to police, all four have given statements admitting to their part in the alleged attack.
The shocking footage shows the kidnappers cutting the victim’s head, punching and kicking him, and repeatedly forcing his head into a toilet amid screams of laughter. The victim’s mouth is taped shut, and his limbs are bound with orange electrical tape. You can watch the footage below, but please be aware that it contains disturbing scenes.
The video was broadcast on news stations around the world, causing international outrage. President Barack Obama, who’s from Chicago, spoke to a local television station:
“What we have seen as surfacing, I think, are a lot of problems that have been there a long time. Whether it’s tensions between police and communities, [or] hate crimes of the despicable sort that has just now recently surfaced on Facebook.”
The victim has since been released from hospital and is currently recovering with the aid of his parents. His identity has not been released for security reasons.


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