Hate crime charges filed against 4 in Chicago videotaped beating streamed live on Facebook

Prosecutors in Chicago have filed hate crime and aggravated kidnapping charges against four black suspects accused of beating and taunting a white man during an attack streamed live on Facebook.



Cook County prosecutors on Thursday announced charges against three 18-year-olds - Jordan Hill, of Carpentersville, Brittany Covington, of Chicago, and Tesfaye Cooper, of Chicago - and 24-year-old Tanishia Covington, of Chicago.



Prosecutors say the four are also charged with aggravated unlawful restraint and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Three have also been charged with residential burglary.



The charges stem from an incident that went on for as many as 48 hours. The victim is said to have "mental health challenges," according to Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson.



Johnson called the attack and the video "sickening" at a news conference Wednesday. Johnson questioned why individuals would treat someone so harshly.



The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment, and is now with his family recovering.



The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.


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