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Chicago Torture Squad Charged with Hate Crimes

Filed under: General — JVW @ 11:40 am

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Fox News reports that the four black teenagers who kidnapped, bound, beat, cut, and threatened a special needs teen earlier this week will all be charged with a hate crime. Chicago Police had earlier come in for pointed criticism for initially speculating that race had not played any part in the depraved assault by the minority teens on their white victim, despite the overtly racial taunts of the four so helpfully self-captured on a Facebook video.

The two male and two female suspects — Jordan Hill, 18, Tesfaye Cooper, 18, Brittany Covington, 18, and Tanishia Covington, 24 — were set to appear in Central Bond Court on Friday afternoon.

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Hill was charged with aggravated kidnapping, hate crime, aggravated unlawful restraint, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, robbery, residential burglary; Cooper was charged with aggravated kidnapping, hate crime, aggravated unlawful restraint, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and residential burglary; Brittany Covington was charged with aggravated kidnapping, hate crime, aggravated unlawful restraint, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and residential burglary; Tanishia Covington was charged with aggravated kidnapping, hate crime, aggravated unlawful restraint and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Does grandma — why is it always a grandma? (strike that, we know the answer) — make an appearance to tell us that her granddaughter is really deep down inside a good person? Naturally:

The grandmother of a young woman associated with a live video on Facebook of a beating says her granddaughter “had her ups and downs,” but is “a good person.”

Priscilla Covington of Chicago says she raised the young woman “since she was a baby.” She says her granddaughter no longer lives at the family home but still lives in Chicago.

The grandmother says the video doesn’t reflect the young woman she raised.

The four will make their first court appearance tomorrow afternoon.


42 Responses to “Chicago Torture Squad Charged with Hate Crimes”

  1. I think Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson still owes everyone an explanation for why he was initially dismissive of the idea that racial animosity had been a factor, even after viewing the video himself.

    JVW (6e49ce)

  2. Tanishia Covington sounds like a delightful young woman. Her incarceration will no doubt deprive Chicago of several future fatherless children to roam the streets and join gangs.

    JVW (6e49ce)

  3. explain how granny stupid can say with a straight face that her granddaughter is a good person in spite of doing black lives matter torture on a special needs teen

    that’s really sick

    good lord I don’t think she could’ve said anything more dippy

    I really don’t

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  4. Granny’s response shouldn’t be too surprising, Mr happyfeet.
    After all, she’s probably the dysfunctional parent of one of Tanishishishia’s dysfunctional parents. There’s no accountability for bad behavior, and there’s no insistence upon responsible behavior.

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  5. plus also Mr. Supporter, social media is not doing any of these people any favors

    and i can’t believe how nonchalant people are about throwing up pics and videos of tortured special needs teen

    there’s a special circle in hell for mark zuckertwat i think

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  6. “I don’t think it’s evil,” Lemon replied. “I don’t think it’s evil. I think these are young people and I think they have bad home training. I say, who is raising these young people? I have no idea who’s raising these young people. Because no one I know on Earth who is 17 years old or 70 years old would ever think of treating another person like that. It is inhumane. And you wonder, at 18 years old, where is your parent? Where’s your guardian?”

    Well I guess granny answered Don’s question there, dint she?

    elissa (2cbd96)

  7. poor Don

    where’s *his* guardian

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  8. “This is hate. And hate doesn’t have a color,” former Chicago police officer Dimitri Roberts said Thursday, according to CNN.

    i give up

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  9. And you wonder, at 18 years old, where is your parent? Where’s your guardian?

    Dead, incarcerated, or long since abandoned the family. Does Don Lemon not realize this?

    JVW (6e49ce)

  10. I don’t place much stock or blame in what someone’s grandmother says. It is a natural human reaction to defend one’s children or grandchildren. When OJ Simpson’s mother took the stand, my reaction was, Yawn, another mother defends her child. It means little.

    Now moron commentators on CNN, that’s another story.

    Bored Lawyer (998177)

  11. I don’t place much stock or blame in what someone’s grandmother says. It is a natural human reaction to defend one’s children or grandchildren.

    Which is why it is so stupid to go to them for a quote to begin with.

    JVW (6e49ce)

  12. i think on the other thread Mr. papertiger found something very key to understanding what’s happened today

    the anderson cooper propaganda slut media wanted to downplay it but then they realized they had to avengers assemble for to control the narrative

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  13. Re #6, in that vein, HF, there should be a permanent outage of World Star Hip-hop ‘s website at 12:01pm ET January 20.

    urbanleftbehind (889cc2)

  14. yes yes permanent outage

    no idea what that site is but yes yes

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  15. let’s see what National Soros Radio has

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  16. they have this to add I haven’t seen yet

    A GoFundMe account for the victim has been set up; a public relations representative for GoFundMe says the website will be working with the campaign organizer to ensure all money raised reaches the victim.

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  17. oh for the love of granny stupid’s tatey salad Drudge just updated with this

    White House: Too Early to Tell if Chicago Beating was a Hate Crime

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  18. It’s sh*tty parenting AND it’s evil. It’s not an either/or situation.

    Don Lemon should do America a favor and get his head pierced.

    Colonel Haiku (94c32c)

  19. White House: “We’ll never know the true motivation.”

    Colonel Haiku (94c32c)

  20. Bored Lawyer, I agree with you that some parents (or grandparents) will play the “my Johnny (or Tanishia! LOL) would never do X!” when there’s only been an allegation.
    Some parents are disbelieving that their kid cheats in school, or bullies weaker kids, or smokes dope behind the football bleachers until after they’re provided actual evidence.

    But in this case, it was videotaped, so there’s not a question of whether or not they actually did this.
    Moral parents (or grandparents) should be expected to step up and condemn their child/grandchild’s participation in something so wrong.

    It sounds antiquated now, but there was a time in American culture when “Wait ’till your father gets home!” meant that the parents were upset about the way Johnny had been misbehaving.

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  21. Whole passel of Gangster Disciple Shorty Tots soon to be hittin’ teh streets in 3…2…1…

    Colonel Haiku (94c32c)

  22. This is why Barack and Michelle send their girls to private schools. (LOL)

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  23. So happyfeet, you’re saying Valjar’s a little out of the loop? Poor Earnest didn’t get the memo? They are so irrelevant, so yesterday, you know?

    elissa (2cbd96)

  24. lemon is a fruit but his mind is so damaged that i wonder if he’s a vegetable

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  25. they’ve lost the plot I think is how you say it

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  26. josh earnest thought they were inquiring about something he watched on p*rnhub
    he figured the people in the video were consenting adults, so let bdsm be bdsm

    try to follow the narrative, josh

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  27. I frankly wish the White House would start saying, “We do not feel compelled to issue a statement regarding or to comment upon every heinous crime perpetrated throughout America. It’s a local issue, and we respect local authorities ability to address it.”

    Of course, that would have to also apply to crimes that otherwise push the narrative that the White House is trying to advance. They would have to be disciplined enough to eschew it on both sides of the spectrum.

    JVW (6e49ce)

  28. 22, thanks for the warning, though these kids by address seem more like Vice Lords or 4 Corners, that’s my tac. unit cousin’s district, hope he’s not rusty.

    urbanleftbehind (889cc2)

  29. I thought hate crimes had been federalized?

    ThOR (c9324e)

  30. Special Needs Lives Matter.

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  31. Wet blanket alert:

    The person who decided to stream their cell phone video had a motive. It’s not because they were stupid.
    I’m not pointing a finger because I can’t remember the name, but that individual kept what was a bad situation becoming much worse (and officially just another statistic).

    If I were the attorney that would be my beginning on a defense. That would be the opener.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  32. I think that is a distinct possibility papertiger. But I also think that her hoping that someone else might see the stream and call the police or stop the attack in some other manner was very very risky business and she should have called or texted the police herself if she was genuinely trying to prevent them from killing the victim.

    elissa (2cbd96)

  33. Generation 1 failed at raising Generation 2. Generation 2 abandoned Generation 3 to be raised by Generation 1. And anyone expects better results with Generation 3?


    windbag (47f3d7)

  34. Grandma: your granddaughter is 24 years old.

    she is who she is at this point. Only going forward does she have the capacity to change who she is now.

    Steve_in_SoCal (58e1f9)

  35. Elissa, I think her concern might have been more for her friends than the victim. Trying to keep them from a larger crime.

    If it were a shooting she would be the one urging it be a paintball gun. Not agin shooting in general.

    Trying to preserve the status quo of her peer group.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  36. My fear – the way radio talkers are approaching this, they are going to give more power to those people at Facebook and YouTube who as a first instinct want to bury these types of stories under a pillow.

    Real news binned, but we will be assured that it was fake, if we ever hear of it at all.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  37. #23 At least Larry Bloom (former 5th ward alderman) had the political savvy to send his daughter to the nearby publics. My younger sister was a classmate in middle school. The big surprise is that Gary Matthews Jr. (MLB legacy then player himself) went to Whitney Young HS and that much of the Blackhawks braintrust sends their kids to Lakeview’s Nettlehorst Elementary.

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  38. This is Obama’s legacy. A nation more torn apart about race than it was when I was a kid. When all the left does is preach victimization to blacks and how they are abused and how white people have privilege this is what you get. The democrat party for the sake of votes has ruined the black American family, their communities, their future and their ability to stand on their own. Perpetual victims of a never ending civil war of race. The constant din of black victimhood in the background of American life has made reconciliation impossible. The daily drum beat of black this and black that instead of American this and American that continues to divide this nation. Blacks were never freed from bondage by the Civil War they were ensconced in an eternal entitlement mentality for which there is no possible atonement by white America. Hence, white privilege.

    Rev. Hoagie® (785e38)

  39. “The kids were bad, but they weren’t bad bad.”

    Whoopie Goldberg

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  40. I’d say a black girl named Brittany is proof of how far we have come with equality.

    We still have a long way to go, though. Just today I’ve met a Jelisha and a Marnishateria.

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  41. Try: J’loy-ha. Pronounced “Joy”. And when I pronounced her name wrong she became indignant. I did not hire her. I awaited the law suit. It didn’t come.

    Rev. Hoagie® (785e38)

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