The world is in a dangerous place when it comes to racism. It seems that instead of moving forward, we are instead rapidly slipping backwards. In Chicago, there is severe civil unrest, with gang related crimes occurring often.
Four teens from the state of Detroit were involved in some of the most disgusting racist acts that members of law enforcement say they have ever seen…
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An 18-year-old boy from Chicago with special needs attends a school in Aurora, Chicago. He suffers from many ailments, such as schizophrenia, and attention deficit disorder. On New Year’s Eve, his parents dropped him off at a McDonald’s where he said he was meeting up with friends.
Authorities allege that one of the four attackers met with the victim, who was a classmate in Aurora. The special needs boy likely felt comfortable meeting him with them, as they knew each other from school. They then drove to an apartment on the West side of Chicago…
Once they arrived at the apartment, the abuse began. The four attackers went live on Facebook, streaming their attack for all to see. The video garnered a massive amount of attention, shocking viewers as the minutes passed.
Viewers were disgusted with what they saw. The video showed a group of African American friends punching and kicking the victim who is white. The victim was tied up and left defenseless. The attackers were also seen slashing his scalp with a knife, and forcing him to drink toilet water.
In addition to the physical abuse, the verbal abuses the four attackers performed was equally disturbing. The video shows the attackers screaming profanities at the boy, saying things such as, “F— Donald Trump,” and “F— white people.” This instantly proved this act was a hate crime.
While this sickening abuse was happening, the victim lay curled up in a corner, absolutely defenseless. His hands and feet were bound with tape, and his mouth was taped shut. Viewers were beyond disturbed with what was going on, and countless phone calls were made to police…
During the video, the attackers can also be heard discussing drug use. They show no hesitation in committing these heinous acts, and no signs of remorse. They can be heard laughing while they are abusing this poor defenseless man. Moans can be heard coming from the victim’s mouth, muffled from the tape they put on him. The tape lasted for 28 minutes.
The parents of the special needs boy were alarmed when he did not come home. They immediately called police and reported him missing. According to reports, he was with the group of attackers for at least 24 hours.
The police in Streamwood said the parents told them after the boy went missing, they started receiving disturbing test messages. The text messages were from a number they did not know, and were from someone claiming to be holding their son captive. Police investigated the text messages, and were lead to the Facebook video.
The following day, a police patrol man found the victim wandering through a Chicago neighborhood. He was extremely disoriented and hurt. The victim was brought to a nearby hospital, and treated for his injuries…
Finally, the four were arrested later that day on unrelated battery charges. Officers were able to identify them as the four from the Facebook video. They were finally in police custody, where they belong, awaiting formal charges.
Police needed to hear the story from the victim. However, he was so traumatized by what had happened, it was nearly impossible to get him to speak. It took nearly all night for the officers to calm him down and hear his side of the story. Later that night, the victim was released from hospital.
The four attackers were a pair of sisters, Tanisha and Brittany Covington, ages 18 & 24, and 18-year-old male’s Jordan Hill and Tesfaye Cooper. All of the attackers are African American, and the victim white, which further leads investigators to instigate this as a hate crime.
The attackers are being held without bail. It took authorities a great deal of time to decide if this crime would go down as a hate crime. While the attackers did use racial slurs, the authorities are unsure if the victim was targeted due to his disabilities…
Charges were finally made in the arrests. The four victims were charged with numerous crimes. They have each been charged with a hate crime, felony aggravated kidnapping, aggravated unlawful restraint, and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
Three of the attackers, Hill, Cooper and Brittany Covington also face other charges of residential burglary. Hill also faces charges of possession of a stolen vehicle. It is unclear how much time these attackers face if found guilty of all charges. In court, they plead not guilty.
Chicago is dealing with a great deal of negative news over the past few years. In 2016, they reached the largest number of homicides the state has ever seen. Over 700 people have been murdered at the hands of violent criminals residing in the state in just one year.
While the state is dealing with a great deal of scrutiny for the violence that is going on, the police are also receiving complaints. News outlets are saying that police are backing down on violent situations, and not doing their jobs. This incident, the Chicago police say, is a prime example of how the news outlets are wrong, and they are 100% committed to their jobs to keep the city safe…
Facebook was asked to pull the disturbing video from their site. They obliged and said that they do not allow videos on their site that glorify violence. They do however allowed videos to be posted that condemn violence and hate.
Social media is a huge part of our culture, and can be used is both positive and negative ways. We need to use our potential reach on Facebook to spread love and positivity in a world that truly needs it. Too often we are on social media and become exposed to hateful words, videos and ideologies.