Published: Fri, January 06, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Man tortured live on Facebook had part of scalp removed with knife

Man tortured live on Facebook had part of scalp removed with knife

Jordan Hill, 18, of Carpentersville, Ill.; Tesfaye Cooper, 18, of Chicago; Brittany Covington, 18, of Chicago; and Tanishia Covington, 24, of Chicago, were charged over the clip Thursday, The Chicago Tribune said.

Hill, Cooper and Brittany Covington also face charges of residential burglary, the network said, adding that Hill also faces charges of possession of a stolen motor vehicle. "All four offenders from the incidents are in police custody and awaiting formal charges". Police have said the victim has "mental health challenges".

Facebook, for its part, said its policy does "not allow people to celebrate or glorify crimes" and has "removed the original video for this reason".

"I'm so upset, my head is about to bust open", said Priscilla Covington of Chicago.

The attack was streamed live on the Facebook page of one of the females now in custody.

Authorities are still looking at whether the attack falls under any hate crimes statutes. He says the four suspects are all adults.

Police said they don't know the motive behind the apparent torture or the suspects' decision to film it.

The four suspects are now in custody awaiting charges.

Police also say the suspects stole a van in the suburbs and transported the victim into the city.

On the video, the assailants, who are black, say "f*** Donald Trump" and "f*** white people".

Guglielmi said police are working with prosecutors "to build the strongest case".

Police in Chicago are preparing to charge four black teenagers over the kidnap and torture of a mentally-ill white man, who they abused while filming themselves and shouting anti-Trump slogans.

Many called on representatives of Black Lives Matter in the USA to comment on the video since it appears the attack was carried out by four black teenagers. "It makes you wonder what would make individuals treat someone like that".

While police officials did not confirm the races of the suspects or victim, video from Chicago media outlets appeared to show someone off-camera using profanities about "white people" and USA president-elect Donald Trump.

Police say it is too soon to make a determination if the attack was racially motivated.

"It's sickening. It's sickening", Chicago Police Supt.

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