BLM kidnapping: Brittany Covington, Tanishia Covington, Jordan Hill arrested, police ‘not appear to be racially motivated’
The four black teenagers who assaulted and tortured a disabled young white man in an obvious hate crime have been arrested, but not be charged with a hate crime AND a CNN analyst actually blamed President-elect Donald Trump. In fact, as news broke #BLMKidnapping was trending on Facebook and elsewhere.
Chicago police have arrested Brittany Covington, Tanishia Covington, Jordan Hill and Tesfaye Cooper, BUT Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Thursday that while the suspects, all of whom are black, made “terrible racist statements” against white people during the on-camera torture session, it did not appear to be racially motivated. (Emphasis added, The Dispatch)
“Some of this is just stupidity,” he said. “People just ranting about something they think might make a headline. We’ll keep investigating, and we’ll let the facts guide us on how this concludes.”
The four tied up the 18-year-old, gagged him, kicked him, punched him and slashed his hair with a knife. One flicks a burning cigarette ash on the head wounds they inflicted in the process.
In the video they laugh, they jeer, then one of them shouts: ‘F**k Donald Trump, n***a, f**k white people!’
Another urges the victim to say, “I love black people.”
And then they force him at knife point to say, “F**k Donald Trump.”
The video is nearly 30 minutes in length.
During a panel discussion on CNN Wednesday night, Symone Sanders blamed Trump for the actions of these Black Lives Matters’ loyalists. Check out that clip at the bottom.
“I just want to remind folks that we cannot sit here and ignore that — at least for the last year on very public display — the worst parts of America have been brought from the fringe into the mainstream,” Sanders stated. “That affects people on both sides.”
“We’ve talked about white nationalists and white supremacists and the KKK, but there also, when this inflammatory rhetoric is out there, when someone is repeatedly telling you that your community is the worst of the worst, it brings out the worst of the worst in people.”
Like others, she claims this is NOT a hate crime:
“That is not a hate crime,” she blindly stated. “Hate crimes are because of a person’s racial ethnicity, their religion, their gender, a disability, it isn’t your political leanings, because someone doesn’t like you’re political leanings and they do something bad to you, that is not a hate crime.”
The police found the victim wandering Chicago’s West Side on Tuesday. He was “in an obvious state of trauma,” according to CBS Local.
Authorities eventually calmed him down and identified him as the subject of the video.
All were charged with aggravated unlawful restraint, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated battery.
Hill, Cooper and Brittany Covington were also given the additional charges of residential burglary, and Hill also faced a charge of robbery and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
In an editorial for the Chicago Sun Times Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson is quoted during the discussion on hate crimes, as being investigated and based on “facts, and not emotion.”
“…if the treatment of this disabled young man was not a hate crime — for purposes of setting out charges — then Illinois’ hate crime law is an empty vessel,” they countered.
The victim of a hate crime, according to the Illinois law, can be anybody targeted even in part because of their “race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability or national origin.”