Torture On Mentally Ill White Teen Shocks Chicago Judge; Asks Suspects’ ‘Sense Of Decency’
A judge asked the suspects in the case regarding the torture of a mentally ill man of what kind of decency should they have had during the attack and ordered that all of them should be held without bail. One of the suspects knew the victim and made him believe that they were having a sleepover.
Otago Daily Times reported the suspects have been identified as four African Americans named Jordan Hill, Tesfaye Cooper, and sisters Brittany and Tanishia Covington. They were charged with aggravated kidnapping, hate crime, aggravated unlawful restraint and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
The teenagers are 18 years of age, except for Tanishia, who is 24 years old. The victim, on the other hand, is also an 18-year-old white teenager.
Judge Maria Kuriakos Ciesil said in a statement while talking to the suspects at the Circuit Court of Cook County Clerk's Office that she does not see the sense of decency that the suspects should have executed. The victim was supposed to spend New Year's with Hill as they knew each other from school.
The victim and Hill drove a stolen van and got to the home where the white teen was tortured. Just a part of the torture was broadcasted on the Facebook Live service of the social media platform. In the video, the victim was made to drink water from the toilet while he was bound and gagged. He was also made to say that he loves black people, as per The Washington Post.
According to the police, the mother of the victim was concerned after her son has not contacted him by Jan. 2. She then contacted Hill on Facebook asking for her son to be returned. This angered Hill and that was when he took the victim to an apartment where he was beaten and stabbed. Hill also contacted the mother of the victim and asked for $300 in exchange for her son's freedom.
In addition, the teenagers said the victim represents president-elect Donald Trump and the assault lasted for five hours. Fortunately, the victim was able to escape and was found wandering the streets wearing only shorts.
The victim is said to be suffering from attention deficit disorder and is schizophrenic. Meanwhile, the four teens will again appear in court on Jan. 27.