Four African American adults in Chicago assaulted a young adult white man with special needs, and live-streamed the assault online. Their “fifteen minutes of fame” is likely to cost the assailants dearly: multiple charges have been filed against them. The attackers have been identified as Jordan Hill, Tesfaye Cooper, Brittany Covington, all 18 years of age, and Tanishia Covington, who is 24 years of age.
The Facebook video showed the man crouched in a corner of a room, tied up, with his mouth taped shut, and his eyes full of fear. One assailant slashed his sweatshirt with a knife. Another attacker took the knife and carved a patch of the man’s scalp. Repeatedly the man was kicked and punched; repeatedly he had his head forced into a toilet. Someone in the group shouted, “F–k white people!” and “F–k Donald Trump!” The man was held at knifepoint and told to curse Donald Trump.
When the group went to another apartment from which the resident complained about the noise the group was making, the man escaped. Police found him on the street, and although the weather was extremely cold, he was wearing only a tank top turned inside-out, shorts, and sandals. One police officer said of the man, “He was bloodied, he was battered, he was very discombobulated.”
The man is expected to recover from his injuries. He is at home with his parents. Facebook has pulled the original video. Members of the group have each been charged with a hate crime, felony aggravated kidnapping, aggravated unlawful restraint, and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.