The four black suspects arrested this week for beating a mentally disabled white man and streaming their actions on a Facebook Live video were charged with hate crimes, according to The New York Times.
The video shows that as the young Chicagoans beat the victim, who they tied up in a corner of a room, they shouted “F—k Donald Trump” and “F—k white people.”
Brittany Covington, 18; Jordan Hill, 18; Tesfaye Cooper, 18; and Tanishia Covington, 24, were all charged for the assault.
The victim, according to officers, spent hours walking around Chicago’s West Side after the beatdown, still tied up and confused.
Police claim that the suspects admit they beat the man on tape, and according to police, they made him drink toilet water. At least a few of the suspects may have been intoxicated during the beatings.
In response to pervasive, evidence-free online suggestions by the “alt-right” that the kidnapping was linked to the social justice movement Black Lives Matter, Chicago police said there was no connection between the suspects and the group, and Deray McKesson, a leader of BLM, shot that idea down.
“It goes without saying that the actions being branded by the far-right as the ‘BLM Kidnapping’ have nothing to do w/ the movement,” said McKesson on Twitter.
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