Video: Black Youths Convicted For Torturing Disabled Victim Live On FB  


A Facebook video broadcast live showing how four African-American youths tortured a mentally disabled victim went viral on Thursday, January 5, 2017, causing outrage on hate crime in the US.

The report from authorities said the assault went on for hours, until Chicago police found the disoriented victim walking along a street.

In the video, one of the attackers can be heard yelling, “f*ck Donald Trump n*gger, f*ck white people, boy,” and several other derogatory comments about the president-elect are made throughout the nearly 30-minutes of footage.

They were beating and taunting the 18-year old victim, who was a classmate of one of the attackers, with a knife as well as forced him to drink from a toilet.

International media report said police became aware of the video on Wednesday but the incident originally took place on Tuesday.

The four suspects: Jordan Hill, 18, of Carpentersville; Tesfaye Cooper, 18, of Chicago; Brittany Covington, 18, of Chicago; and Tanishia Covington, 24, of Chicago; were arrested and are currently on trial at Cook County Bond Court, Chicago, US.

Each was charged with aggravated kidnapping, hate crime, aggravated unlawful restraint, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and residential burglary and stand a prison sentence between 6 to 30 years.

Although Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi initially said the 18-year-old man was singled out because he has “special needs,” not because he was white,  authorities later said the charges resulted from both the suspects’ use of racial slurs and their references to the victim’s disability.

Judging from the video, the victim did not make any attempt to defend himself or to escape his attackers. He later told police what began as playful fighting escalated, and he was bound, beaten and taunted with racial slurs and disparaging comments about his mental capacity.

However, the state Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said there was never a question whether or not the incident qualified as being investigated as a hate crime. He advised the investigation be based on “facts and not emotion.”