Four people are facing hate crime and felony charges, including kidnapping, after a “disturbing” and “brutal” video showing a man with “mental health challenges” being tied up, beaten and tortured was streamed live on Facebook “for the entire world to see,” Chicago Police say.
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.
Hill is from Carpentersville, Illinois, while Cooper and the Covingtons, who are sisters, are form Chicago. The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office said they are charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated unlawful restraint, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and residential burglary. They are all also charged with hate crime, a charge police hesitated on committing to Wednesday night.
The most serious charge, aggravated kidnapping, carries a potential prison sentence of 30 years, with a minimum sentence of six years.
The victim, who is seen in the first video being kicked and punched and cut on his scalp, was hospitalized to be treated for his injuries, police said.
The 18-year-old man had last been seen by his parents on December 31, and they told police they received texts from his captors while he was with them, WLS-TV reports. His parents live in Streamwood, Illinois, a suburb in Cook County, and police there are also investigating the case.