Monday 23 April 2018

Pictured: The four people charged over 'sickening' attack streamed on Facebook

A combination photo shows four people charged with felonies for the beating of a man with mental health issues
A combination photo shows four people charged with felonies for the beating of a man with mental health issues
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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Police have released the mugshots of the four people who were charged after they attacked a man with special needs and streamed it live on Facebook.

Prosecutors in Cook County, Illinois, announced charges against three 18-year-olds - Jordan Hill, Brittany Covington and Tesfaye Cooper - and 24-year-old Tanishia Covington.

The group have also been charged with kidnapping, aggravated unlawful restraint and assault with a deadly weapon. Three of them have additionally been accused of burglary.

The charges stem from an incident which lasted 48 hours and targeted a white man police described as having "mental health challenges". All those charged are black.

Tesfaye Cooper (18), one of four people charged with felonies for the beating of a man with mental health issues, is shown in this Chicago Police Department photo released in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. January 5, 2017. Photo: Courtesy Chicago Police Department/Handout via REUTERS
Tesfaye Cooper (18), one of four people charged with felonies for the beating of a man with mental health issues, is shown in this Chicago Police Department photo released in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. January 5, 2017. Photo: Courtesy Chicago Police Department/Handout via REUTERS

"He's traumatised by the incident, and it's very tough to communicate with him at this point," police commander Kevin Duffin said.

Excerpts of the video show the victim with his mouth taped shut slumped in a corner. He has a wound on his head, and a red band appears to be around his hands.

Brittany Covington (18) one of four people charged with felonies for the beating of a man with mental health issues, is shown in this Chicago Police Department photo released in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. January 5, 2017. Photo:Courtesy Chicago Police Department/Handout via REUTERS
Brittany Covington (18) one of four people charged with felonies for the beating of a man with mental health issues, is shown in this Chicago Police Department photo released in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. January 5, 2017. Photo:Courtesy Chicago Police Department/Handout via REUTERS

Police superintendent Eddie Johnson described the video as "sickening", and added: "It makes you wonder what would make individuals treat somebody like that."

The investigation began on Monday after officers found a man "in distress" and "in crisis" walking on a street.

Jordan Hill (18) one of four people charged with felonies for the beating of a man with mental health issues, is shown in this Chicago Police Department photo released in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. January 5, 2017. Photo: Courtesy Chicago Police Department/Handout via REUTERS
Jordan Hill (18) one of four people charged with felonies for the beating of a man with mental health issues, is shown in this Chicago Police Department photo released in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. January 5, 2017. Photo: Courtesy Chicago Police Department/Handout via REUTERS

The man was taken to hospital, and it was later discovered that he had been reported missing from a Chicago suburb.

At about the same time, police took several people into custody at a nearby address where they found signs of a struggle and property damage. Investigators determined that the missing man had been at the same address.

Tanishia Covington (24) one of four people charged with felonies for the beating of a man with mental health issues, is shown in this Chicago Police Department photo released in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. January 5, 2017. Photo: Courtesy Chicago Police Department/Handout via REUTERS
Tanishia Covington (24) one of four people charged with felonies for the beating of a man with mental health issues, is shown in this Chicago Police Department photo released in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. January 5, 2017. Photo: Courtesy Chicago Police Department/Handout via REUTERS

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