Hate Crime Captured on Facebook Live: 4 Suspects Appear in Court
Hate crimes have been a rampant thing that has extended through history for as long as humanity has existed. Though it has taken many different forms, it still prevails in a society despite our stark efforts at trying to find peace amongst us all. To understand what a hate crime, one must know what its legal definition, that being a crime which is motivated by racial, sexual, or other prejudice and typically involves violence. That being said, hate crime continues to evolve as it was recently witnessed on facebook live when four suspects found a mentally disabled man, kidnapped him, and beat him mercilessly.
According to wgntv.com, bond was denied to Jordan Hill, Tesfaye Cooper, Brittany Covington, all age 18, and Tanishia Convington of 24 years of age. These four are set to appear in court Friday, January 13. Each of these four suspects are charged with the following counts: hate crime, kidnapping, unlawful restraint and battery on the victim of 18 years. All of these acts were inflicted on him all while having racial slurs thrown at him.
ABC News claims that the prosecutors state that the victim is diagnozed with schizophrenia and ADD. Under the guise of a sleepover during New Year's eve, prosecutors say that the allegations began once they had captured the victim, where Jordan Hill was already seen being involved in the situation. Hill beat him and put him into a van where he was later brought to an apartment in Chicago to continue the torturing. The victim then endured a list of tortures, including things such as drinking toilet water, having his hair cut with a knife, multiple accounts of battery, and so on and so forth. The video was found on facebook live but was removed by facebook for the purpose of not allowing people to celebrate or glorify crimes. The suspects were treated to no bail, and they will be returning for another court appearance on January 27.