Outrageous! No Jail Time for Defendant Guilty of Facebook Livestreaming Torture of Disabled Teen
Sometimes you hear a story that just breaks your heart into a millions pieces. As a resident myself of Illinois, this story was one that shocked the community because it was beyond horrific. In January, four thugs held a disabled teen boy against his will and tortured him for hours. They beat him, slashed him, called him racial slurs and to humiliate him, they streamed it all live on Facebook.
They even made him drink from a toilet. One of the suspects flicked ash into an open wound on the boys head. This was brutal in so many ways.
In their racist rants towards the boy, who was white, they also yelled “f*** Trump.”
The only relief for the public when hearing about this disturbing crime was that they had caught the perpetrators. The crime was broadcast for the world to see. There was little doubt that there would be severe consequences for the three 18 year-old and one 24 year-old suspects.
Imagine the victim and his family hearing the news that the first defendant, who pleaded guilty, will serve no jail time. Why? Because the judge said to her ” “I’m not sure if I did that you’d be coming out any better.”
I didn’t realize that was the purpose of jail. Here, I thought it was justice.
The first of four Chicago suspects accused of beating and torturing a disabled teenager and broadcasting the attack on Facebook has pleaded guilty, but a judge let her off without prison time, a report says.
Brittany Covington, 19, pleaded guilty to a hate crime in court on Friday, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The suspect also “pleaded guilty to aggravated battery and intimidation charges. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dropped additional charges, including kidnapping,” the Tribune said.
Despite the guilty plea, Cook County Circuit Judge William Hooks released Covington without jail time. Telling Covington, “Do not mess this up,” Judge Hooks imposed 200 hours of community service and banned Covington from using social media and having contact with her co-defendants for four years.The judge did not assign jail time because, he said, “I’m not sure if I did that you’d be coming out any better.”
Hooks insisted that his sentence would give Covington the chance to put her life on a productive path.
Covington is the first of the four defendants who were arrested early this year for the attack posted to Facebook.
In January, four Chicago teens were arrested after police were alerted to a Facebook live video showing the assailants beating and at one point slashing a victim tied up in a Chicago apartment. During the video of the attack, the suspects are heard saying, “F*** white people,” and “f*** Trump.”
The victim turned out to be a disabled white teen from nearby Rockford, Illinois. A GoFundMe campaign was set up for his benefit days after the reports broke.
Four black residents of Chicago – Jordan Hill, Tesfaye Cooper, and Brittany Covington, all 18 years old; and 24-year-old Tanishia Covington – were charged with battery, kidnapping, and hate crimes in connection with the attack.
Chicago police called the incident “sickening.”
“It’s sickening. It makes you wonder what would make individuals treat somebody like that. I’ve been a cop for 28 years, and I’ve seen things you shouldn’t see in a lifetime,” police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said. “It still amazes me how you still see things you just shouldn’t. So I’m not going to say it shocked me, but it was sickening.”
Cases for the other three defendants are pending.
So much is wrong here. Obviously, the victim and his family must be absolutely devastated. The community surely will be in disbelief at this decision. A slap on the wrist for the assailants and a slap in the face for the victim.
These young adults should all have been held accountable and punished severely for their crimes. While the fates of the other three are still yet to be determined, the precedent here is set. What message does this send to other bullies? It is downright scary to think we live in a world that allows this to happen. This case should have served as an example for those who might be cruel enough to do something like this in the future. Instead, it’s almost giving them permission. It is sickening.
Sources: NYdailynews.com, Breitbart