(CNN)Four suspects have been charged in connection with the attack on a special-needs teen that was streamed on Facebook Live.Jordan Hill, 18; Tesfaye Cooper; 18; Brittany Covington, 18; and Tanishia Covington, 24, have each been charged with a hate crime, felony aggravated kidnapping, aggravated unlawful restraint and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Jordan Hill, 18Tesfaye Cooper, 18Brittany Covington, 18Tanishia Covington, 24Hill, Cooper and Brittany Covington also face charges of residential burglary. Hill also faces charges of possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
30 minutes of horrorVideo of the attack shows the 18-year-old victim cowering in a corner of a room, tied up with his mouth bound in plastic. His eyes exude fear as his attackers get ready for their next act. One assailant slashes his sweatshirt with a knife. The young woman streaming the abuse on Facebook Live repeatedly turns the camera back to herself. An attacker then takes a knife to the victim's head, carving a patch off his scalp. For the next 25 minutes, the abuse continues for the world to see. The victim is repeatedly kicked and punched, but his screams are apparently ignored. The young woman broadcasting the attack appears dismayed that she's not getting more attention online. "Y'all not even commenting on my s***," she tells a friend during the live stream.
Debate over 'Black Lives Matter'Many who saw the video have blamed the Black Lives Matter movement. Within 24 hours, the hashtag #BLMKidnapping was mentioned more than 480,000 times on Twitter.>Police: No link between Chicago torture video and BLMBut on Thursday, police said they have not seen any connection to the Black Lives Matter activist group, contrary to some reports on social media.Neither the Black Lives Matter national organization nor its Chicago chapter responded to CNN's request for comment Thursday.But DeRay Mckesson, a prominent Black Lives Matter supporter, said those linking the attack to the movement don't have their facts straight.
"It goes without saying that the actions being branded by the far-right as the 'BLM Kidnapping' have nothing to do w/ the movement," he tweeted.A former Chicago police officer, Dimitri Roberts, slammed the notion that the Black Lives Matter movement is to blame. "This is hate. And hate doesn't have a color," Roberts said. "So for folks to talk about this is somehow connected to Black Lives Matter is absolutely the wrong way to look at this. ... And we cannot respond to hate with hate. It's just going to perpetuate the cycle." President Barack Obama said the Facebook live torture video is "despicable," suggesting to CNN affiliate WBBM it was a hate crime."What we have seen as surfacing, I think, are a lot of problems that have been there a long time," said Obama, a longtime resident of Chicago. "Whether it's tensions between police and communities, hate crimes of the despicable sort that has just now recently surfaced on Facebook.""The good news is that the next generation that's coming behind us ... have smarter, better, more thoughtful attitudes about race," Obama said.
It goes without saying that the actions being branded by the far-right as the "BLM Kidnapping" have nothing to do w/ the movement.— deray mckesson (@deray) January 5, 2017
What constitutes a hate crime
Legal expert analyzes beating video 01:08According to the city of Chicago's website, "Hate crimes are acts of bigotry, and are committed because of the intended victim's actual or perceived ancestry, color, creed, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability (including HIV status), or national origin. Hate crimes not only harm the victim, but also the group in which the targeted member belongs."And according to Illinois law, hate can be considered an aggravating factor in a criminal charge and can result in a more severe sentence. The fascinating, if unreliable, history of hate-crime tracking in the USThe assailants made a wide array of statements in the video, including repeated references to Donald Trump, white people in general and the victim's appearance.
Former Chicago cop: Hate doesn't have a color 01:00
How the encounter startedThe victim's parents reported him missing Monday, telling police they had not heard from their son since dropping him off Saturday at a McDonald's in the Chicago suburb of Schaumburg, about 20 miles from their home in Crystal Lake.The victim was supposed to spend New Year's Eve with Hill, who picked the teen up in a stolen van, Duffin said. Hill drove the teen around for several days in the van -- they apparently spent at least one night in the vehicle -- before they went to the Covingtons' apartment in Chicago. Police said Hill and the teen were acquaintances who knew each other from school.
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