The Chicago Torture Video

The Chicago Torture Video

Matt Bellinson, Flush Editor/Reproter

  2017, the year that was supposed to save the world from the divided and dumb year of 2016 has already had its first big moment.

    On December 31, a Chicago teen texted his mom asking if he could meet some friends at a Mcdonald’s in Schaumburg. The teen called his parents on the same day, asking to sleep-over with the friend. He asked the same thing on January 1. On January 2, he stopped communicating with home entirely. The next time this teen was seen by his family, he was being abused and tortured by these so called “friends”, on Facebook-Live.

     Four legal adults kidnapped a teen and brought him to a Chicago apartment complex and beat him. The four adualts that kidnapped the teen were black and the victim was white. The video contained racist chants, beatings, forced drinking of toilet water, ripping off clothing and choking the teen with his own clothes.

     The four legal adults are now being held without bail until the trial for sentencing begins. The four perpetrators are Jordan Hill (18), Tesfaye Cooper (18), Brittany Covington (18) and Tanisha Covington (24). All face charges of hate crime, felony aggravated kidnapping, aggravated unlawful restraint and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. The defendants are trying to show their lives outside of this horrible act.

     The defendants’ lawyers provided personal info about each individual to possibly lighten the sentence. Tanisha Covington has two children, Brittany Covington worked as a cashier and attended church often. Hill lives with his grandmother and has six siblings. Cooper lives with his mother and six siblings.