Four Charged with Hate Crime in Chicago

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

Charges have been filed against four people suspected of torturing a white mentally disabled man and recording the attack.

Jordan Hill, 18, of Carpentersville; Tesfaye Cooper, 18, of Chicago; Brittany Covington, 28, of Chicago; and Tanishia Covington, 24, of Chicago are all expected to appear in bond court Friday, according to the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.

All four face charges of aggravated kidnapping, hate crime, aggravated unlawful restraint and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, according to the state’s attorney’s office. Hill also faces charges of robbery, residential burglary and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Cooper and Brittany Covington are also charged with residential burglary.

Capt. Steven Sesso of the Harrison District said officers on patrol Tuesday near Homan and Lexington encountered the victim walking on the street.

“They saw clearly that this individual was in distress and he was in crisis. And they cared enough to do something about it.”

The victim, an 18-year-old man, is believed to have been held hostage and tortured in an apartment in the 3400 block of West Lexington on the West Side, Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.

The video is sickening:

Unsurprisingly, some liberals don’t consider this a hate crime:

Of course, it would have been a different matter if the perpetrators were white and the victim black.

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  • Hank_M

    This is the real Obama legacy.
    This is what we get when democrats continue to pit us against each other.
    This is what we get when we get biased reporting pushing a narrative.

  • Walter_Cronanty

    This illustrates why “hate” crimes are a stupid legal distinction. As the first speaker [Black woman] states, it’s a “hate” crime if you do it because of race, religion, gender, etc., but not because of political belief. Why the distinction? Why not a “hate” crime if you end up hating your spouse and as a result, kill him/her?
    It’s also a short step to criminalizing “hate speech,” which many on the left are trying to do [maybe we should let them, it would be the only way to shut them up].

    • Brian Brandt

      What it comes down to is thought crime.

      Somebody hits me over the head because he wants my wallet, and another person hits you over the head because he doesn’t like your skin color, and we both end up in the hospital with concussions. Why should the guy who hit me get less punishment?

      An assault is an assault is an assault. What motivated it is irrelevant.

  • yetanotherjohn

    The press that can hear dog whistles that no one but fellow liberals can hear, can’t see what is before their very eyes. And they wonder why Trump won.

    • Constitution First

      And they will always wonder why Trump won. -there, fixed it for you.
      Why? Ignorance is curable, stupidity is forever.

  • jim_m

    Of course this is not a hate crime. Black people cannot commit hate crimes because they are a victim class. Black people cannot be racist, only whites can be racist and therefore only whites can commit hate crimes.

    I was just in a discussion elsewhere where the lefty claimed that Trump’s mocking of a disabled reporter was worse than the kidnapping and torture of this disabled kid. The left is sick.

  • It’s an excellent means of self identification: anyone who claims this is not a hate time is a racist.

  • Vagabond661

    “Of course, it would have been a different matter if the perpetrators were white and the victim black.”

    or Muslim.

    Or a Journalist.

    Or a Celebrity.

    Or a Planned Parenthood employee.

    • Not.

    • jim_m

      Yes, it would have been different in that any of those people would have faked the crime against themselves.

  • Paul Hooson

    This was a bully act as well against a handicapped person. I really resent those that bully the handicapped.

  • Brian Brandt

    Perhaps Cokey Roberts will go on some talk show and demand to know if
    Hillary feels responsible for this act because she supported BLM.

  • pennywit

    It’s fair to call it a hate crime, but I remain opposed to hate crime laws.

    • pennywit

      Follow-up. We already have standards that fact-finders can use to assess malice. We also have crimes of degree (first- vs. second degree, etc.) and the ability to designate a crime as “aggravated” or “premeditated.” I really think that rubric is sufficient for punishing crimes w/o adding “hate crime” to the mix, especially as a standalone offense.

  • TheyTukRJobz

    I remain flabbergasted that people will not only video themselves committing crimes, but will then post it and then act shocked when they get arrested. Hey, thanks for providing the evidence that will be used to convict you, morons. Saved the police and the taxpayer a lot of time and money.

  • Wild_Willie

    I am so glad they were charged correctly. For a minute I thought they were going to blame Putin. ww

  • LiberalNightmare

    Seems like the left is fostering a climate of hatred.

  • Walter_Cronanty

    If Obama had a son, he’d look like Tesfaye Cooper or Jordan Hill.

  • Walter_Cronanty

    Totally Off Topic – But worth noting. One of the last classical liberals on the left has passed away. Nat Hentoff – RIP.