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Chicago torture victim, 18, is asking why 'friend he idolized' was one of black gang who beat, burned and tortured him chanting 'f*** Trump, f*** white people'

President Obama condemns black teens who live-streamed tortured of white disabled man on Facebook while yelling 'f*** white people' - but DENIES race relations are getting worse

Victim of Chicago race torture is asking why friend 'he idolized' was in black gang

  • The family of the 18-year-old in the Chicago race torture video tell DailyMail.com how he is badly mentally scarred - and asking why his friend was involved
  • Vulnerable teenager's aunt tell DailyMail.com he was at school with one of the four charged - Jordan Hill - and 'idolized him' 
  • The suspected attackers are Jordan Hill, 18; Tesfaye Cooper, 18; and sisters Brittany, 18, and Tanisha Covington, 24
  • They are appearing in court in Chicago on Friday on charges of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated unlawful restraint, aggravated battery and a hate crime  
  • The four were arrested on Wednesday in connection with the video after it was  live-streamed on Facebook
  • President Obama has condemned the attack, which took place in Chicago after year of record murders and mounting crisis of law and order 
  • The torture included him being bound, beaten, cut, burned and forced to drink from a toilet, while the gang shouted racist abuse  
  • During his ordeal his family were sent texts  from people 'claiming to hold him captive', police have revealed

The aunt of a special needs teenager who was tortured for hours by four friends has told DailyMail.com that he was unable to speak about the attack – other than to repeatedly ask why a friend he idolized had done this to him.

Janet Grant said her 18-year-old nephew, would be mentally scarred by the six-hour ordeal where he was bound, beaten, cut, burned and forced to drink from a toilet.

Brittany Covington, 18; her sister Tanisha Covington, 24; Tesfaye Cooper, 18; and Jordan Hill, 18, have been charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated unlawful restraint, aggravated battery and a hate crime. Hill attended school with [the victim] for several years.

Speaking on Friday morning Grant said: '[The victim] just keeps saying, 'Why, why? Jordan was my friend. He's been my friend for a couple of years.'

She continued: 'They went to school together, they both had problems. He adores Jordan. I don't know Jordan but [the victim] really liked him. It's one thing if they didn't know each other but [the victim] idolized him.'

Idolized: The victim's aunt told how the teenager 'idolized' Jordan Hill - even though the victim's mom had not wanted them to associate with each other. The 18-year-old is appearing in court in Chicago on Frday 

Idolized: The victim's aunt told how the teenager 'idolized' Jordan Hill - even though the victim's mom had not wanted them to associate with each other. The 18-year-old is appearing in court in Chicago on Frday 

Tesfaye Cooper, 18
Brittany Covington, 18
Tanisha Covington, 24

Charged: The other three alleged members of the torture gang are Tesfaye Cooper, 18; Brittany Covington, 18; and her sister Tanisha Covington, 24.

Video allegedly shows kidnapped man tortured on Facebook live

The four friends arrested in the incident have allegedly expressed no remorse for the torture  

Grant, who is the sister of the victim's father said the family were 'terrible' since the teenager's ordeal.

'He's got enough problems already. They put cigarette butts out on his head, cut a hole in his scalp. Once they took him to Chicago, he had no meds for four days. He couldn't even fight back.

'Physically he'll heal but mentally…he'll always be looking over his shoulder. Probably won't trust anybody. '

Grant said that she was unsure if any family members would attend the first court appearance of the four accused on Friday afternoon in Chicago.

'I don't even know if my brother's going – everyone is having a hard time dealing with it,' she said.

The family does not know the connection Hill had to the other three accused. His aunt said the only thing she would ask them is 'why – just why?'

His cousin, Kyle Pudowski, 21, told DailyMail.com: 'I don't know what made people do that. It's crazy.'

Mrs Grant added: 'Or even watch people do that. How could a woman watch that? They thought it was going to make them popular – putting cigarette butts out on a kid with [mental health issues].'

Kyle Pudowski said he hoped that the perpetrators would receive lengthy prison sentences for that they had done.

The aunt added: 'It's not even about the punishment – just why?

Grant said the family had been deeply touched by the outpouring of support from the local community and beyond. A GoFundMe account set up with a goal of raising $10,000 has gone well past $40,000.

'It's wonderful,' she said. 'It's sad it takes something like this.'

Grant said that she had spent a lot of time with the victim and that she and her brother babysat each other's children when they were growing up.

She said: '[He's] a good boy. He would give you the shirt off his back.

'His mom didn't like him hanging out but [he] would say, "that's my friend, that's my friend." He looked up to Jordan.

Start of ordeal: It was at this McDonald's where the victim met  Jordan Hill, after being dropped off by his mother

Start of ordeal: It was at this McDonald's where the victim met  Jordan Hill, after being dropped off by his mother

Found: The victim was found on this block in Chicago after escaping from his ordeal

Found: The victim was found on this block in Chicago after escaping from his ordeal

The victim was seen cowering in a corner with his arms tied and mouth taped shut. He was filmed being kicked, punched and cut on his scalp with a knife - the knife is circled
The victim was seen cowering in a corner with his arms tied and mouth taped shut. He was filmed being kicked, punched and cut on his scalp with a knife

The victim was seen cowering in a corner with his arms tied and mouth taped shut. He was filmed being kicked, punched and cut on his scalp with a knife - the knife is circled

Idol: The aunt of the victim tells DailyMail.com that Jordan Jill, seen on the Facebook video, was idolized by the vulnerable teenager
Idol: The aunt of the victim tells DailyMail.com that Jordan Jill, seen on the Facebook video, was idolized by the vulnerable teenager

Idol: The aunt of the victim tells DailyMail.com that Jordan Jill, seen on the Facebook video, was idolized by the vulnerable teenager

'[He] thought he was cool. I think he was one of the popular ones at school.'

The family made a brief statement to local TV stations on Monday night. 

David Boyd, the victim's brother-in-law, said: 'He's doing well as well as he could be at this time. We are so grateful for all the prayers and efforts that led to the safe return of our brother.

'This should never happen.'

Grant said that the victim's father was too devastated to speak at the brief news conference.

Streamwood Police Department said in a statement that his parents reported him missing on January 2.

They had last heard from him on New Year's Eve after dropping him off at a McDonald's restaurant in Streamwood, close to their home.

As police investigated the disappearance, the parents received text messages from the captors.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the accused made financial demands in the texts.

Police then found a disturbing Facebook live-stream video showing the victim being tortured, beaten and verbally abused. The victim also had his clothes cut and had cigarette ash flicked over the wound on his head.

According to police, the 18-year-old was bound, punched and kicked. At one point, a piece of his scalp was cut off and he was forced to drink toilet water. One of the four accused can be heard screaming, 'f*** Donald Trump, f*** white people' at the victim.

The video lasts for 30 minutes but investigators believe that the vulnerable victim's ordeal went on for six hours.

It was initially posted by 18-year-old Brittany Covington but has since been deleted.

In another video that surfaced Wednesday night, the torturers force the victim to drink water from a toilet 

In another video that surfaced Wednesday night, the torturers force the victim to drink water from a toilet 

 The unidentified victim was able to make a break for it when the downstairs neighbors reported the noise to police 

The suspects are pictured above in the live video, including Tanisha Covington
The suspects are pictured above in the live video, including Brittany Covington

The suspects are pictured above in the live video, including Tanisha Covington (left) and Brittany Covington

The victim, who was friends with Jordan Hill from school, has been returned to his parents  

The footage, which was streamed live on Facebook by Brittany Herring, appears to show four black people allegedly holding a young white man hostage
The footage, which was streamed live on Facebook by Brittany Herring, appears to show four black people allegedly holding a young white man hostage

Brittany Covington, left, is seen what appears to be a blunt in grabs from the horrifying video

On January 2, Tanisha Covington (right) posted these pictures of her partying with her little sister Brittany (left)

'DESPICABLE', SAYS OBAMA - BUT RACE RELATIONS NOT GETTING WORSE

President Obama denounced the video  as 'despicable' - but denied that race relations are getting worse. 

The President - who has a home in the affluent Hyde Park suburb of Chicago - told CBS this was not a sign of a worsening racial divide.

Obama - a community organizer in Chicago and the junior senator for Illinois before he became president - said it was just an example of social media revealing problems that have always been there. 

'I don't think it's accurate to say race relations are getting worse,' he told host Jay Levine, saying things were also difficult in Chicago in the mid-1980s. He claimed a block of white councilmen deliberately scuppered all proposals by a black mayor.

'In part because we see visuals of racial tensions, violence and so forth because of smart phones and the Internet,' the president said.

'What we have seen as surfacing, I think, are a lot of problems that have been there a long time.

'Whether it's tensions between police and communities, whether it's hate crimes of the despicable sort that has just now recently surfaced on Facebook.'

Alongside her sister, Tanisha Covington, 24, Tesfaye Cooper, 18, and Jordan Hill, 18, the group were charged on Thursday with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated unlawful restraint, aggravated battery and a hate crime.

Hill was also charged with robbery and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. He, Cooper and Brittany Covington face additional charges of residential burglary, according to Cook County State Attorney's Office.

The four accused will appear in court on Friday at 1pm for a bond hearing.

The four friends arrested in the incident have expressed no remorse for their alleged part in the torture, police said.

Chicago authorities revealed more about the disturbing incident at a Thursday afternoon press conference.

The victim and Hill knew each other from attending school in Aurora, Illinois.

The victim's parents dropped him off at a McDonald's on Saturday so that he could spend the night at Hill's home. '[He] told [his mother] that he was meeting a friend there but never said who,' according to a missing person's report.

'[His mother] believes that the friend [the victim] was meeting is Jordan.'

The parents became worried on Monday after only having sporadic text messages from their son and then his phone being turned off.

Police considered the teenager 'a missing endangered person due to his mental health history and not currently taking his medication.'

His mother thought he may be with another friend, Derek, in the area but she didn't know his last name or if it is his real name because he did 'not like telling his parents who he is with,' the police report stated.

On Thursday President Obama said he believed the 'despicable' actions seen in the video were examples of long-existing hatred, and not a sign of US race relations getting worse. He was a community organizer in Chicago and later senator from Illinois before becoming president

On Thursday President Obama said he believed the 'despicable' actions seen in the video were examples of long-existing hatred, and not a sign of US race relations getting worse. He was a community organizer in Chicago and later senator from Illinois before becoming president

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson called the act 'reprehensible' at a Thursday press conference 

Hurt: The victim's brother-in-law David Boyd said: 'He's doing well as well as he could be at this time. We are so grateful for all the prayers and efforts that led to the safe return of our brother.'

Hurt: The victim's brother-in-law David Boyd said: 'He's doing well as well as he could be at this time. We are so grateful for all the prayers and efforts that led to the safe return of our brother.'

On Saturday night, Hill had allegedly picked the victim up in a stolen van. For the first two days, the two visited friends and the victim reportedly slept in the van at nights.

On Tuesday, the pair visited the West Chicago residence of the Covington sisters where Cooper was also present.

A few hours after they arrived at the house, Hill and the victim got into a play fight that then escalated to a prolonged torture.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson called the act 'reprehensible' on Thursday.

Police said the young man made so much noise as he was being tortured that the downstairs neighbors eventually called police to report the noise.

The group became angered with the downstairs neighbors, and three of them went downstairs to kick the neighbor's door in. It was at this moment that the victim was able to make a break for it.

Outside of the residence, a police officer found the victim 'bloodied and bruised', wearing a tank top and shorts in the dead of winter.

The victim was treated in hospital and has been returned to his parents.

'The actions in that video are reprehensible. That along with racism have absolutely no place in the city of Chicago or anywhere else for that matter, against anyone regardless of their race, gender, state of mental health or any other identifying factor,' Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said.

The victim also had his clothes cut and had cigarette ash flicked over the wound on his head.

Two more clips of the alleged abuse surfaced overnight as well, one of which shows the group forcing the man to drink water out of a toilet.

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Barack Obama says video of black youths torturing disabled man is 'despicable'

  • Obama said Wednesday the video, hosted on Facebook live, was 'despicable'
  • Four youths aged 18-24 were charged for allegedly torturing the white man
  • Obama said things were not worse but people are now more aware of problems
  • Social media has made it easier for examples of hate crimes to be made public
  • He added that the younger generations have 'smarter, better' attitudes of race
  • The youths have been booked with a hate crime, among other charges

President Obama has denounced a Facebook Live video of black youths in Chicago tying up and torturing a white mentally disabled man as 'despicable' but denied that race relations in the US are getting worse.

The video, which apparently showed four youths aged 18-24 beating, cutting and laughing at the bound and gagged man, was streamed on Tuesday by one of those arrested.

But, the President - who has a home in the affluent Hyde Park suburb of Chicago - told CBS, this was not a sign of a worsening racial divide.

Obama - the junior senator for Illinois before he became president - said it was just an example of social media revealing problems that have always been there.

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Hopeful: President Obama said that though four black youths were seen on camera apparently torturing a white man in an alleged hate crime, he was still hopeful America's race relations

Hopeful: President Obama said that though four black youths were seen on camera apparently torturing a white man in an alleged hate crime, he was still hopeful America's race relations

Torture: The disabled man is bound and beaten on the video.
Divide: Obama said this was just a case of social media making it easier to see the racial divide that has always existed

Torture: The disabled man is bound and beaten on the video. Obama said this was just a case of social media making it easier to see the racial divide that has always existed 

'I don't think it's accurate to say race relations are getting worse,' he told host Jay Levine, saying things were also difficult in Chicago in the mid-1980s, when a block of white councilmen deliberately scuppered all proposals by a black mayor. 

'In part because we see visuals of racial tensions, violence and so forth because of smart phones and the Internet,' the president said.

'What we have seen as surfacing, I think, are a lot of problems that have been there a long time.

'Whether it's tensions between police and communities, whether it's hate crimes of the despicable sort that has just now recently surfaced on Facebook.'

Cut: The man was pictured being cut on the head with a knife (circled)

Cut: The man was pictured being cut on the head with a knife (circled, left). Obama believes that the future generations of Americans have 'smarter, better' ideas of race relations

Obama says race relations in U.S. have gotten better
He added: 'The good news is that the next generation that's coming behind us … have smarter, better, more thoughtful attitudes about race.

'I think the overall trajectory of race relations in this country is actually very positive. It doesn't mean that all racial problems have gone away. It means that we have the capacity to get better.'

Chicago police announced Wednesday that three 18-year-olds and a 24-year-old - two of them girls - had been arrested in relation to the video.

The victim was a white man in his teens or early twenties. All of the suspects are black. 

Arrested: Brittany Covington was arrested Wednesday
Suspect: Police say Tesfaye Cooper (pictured) and Covington, both 18, were two of the four suspects seen in the video abusing the unnamed man

Arrested: Brittany Covington (left) and Tesfaye Cooper (right), both 18, were arrested Wed. Police say they were two of the four suspects accused of hate crimes, among others

Charged: Jordan Hill (pictured), 18, and Tanisha Covinton were also charged with hate crimes
Angry: Tanisha Covington, 24, is the sister of Brittany Covington. In the video someone can be heard saying 'f**k Trump' and 'f**k white people'

Charged: Jordan Hill (left), 18, and Tanisha Covinton (right), 24, were also charged with hate crimes. In the video someone can be heard saying 'f**k Trump' and 'f**k white people'

They filmed themselves kicking and punching the bound and gagged man, and cutting his hair until his scalp bled. They also made him drink water from a toilet.

Someone can be heard in the footage yelling 'f**k Donald Trump. F**k white people' while the two men express their hopes that the video will go viral. 

The youths have been identified as Jordan Hill, 18; Tesfaye Cooper, 18; and sisters Brittany and Tanisha Covington, who are 18 and 24, respectively.

They were arrested Wednesday. The victim had escaped and was helped after being seen wandering in a Chicago street.

All four suspects face charges of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated unlawful restraint, aggravated battery and a hate crime.

Hill, who was acquainted with the victim, faces an additional charge of robbery and possession of a stolen vehicle.

Hill, Cooper and Brittany Covington also face charges of residential burglary.

Video allegedly shows kidnapped man tortured on Facebook live

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Comment by Me me on January 9, 2017 at 2:38pm
Wrong is WRONG! Quite a lot of ppl supports Trump! I don't like it, but I am not going to attack ppl because they made a decision.
Comment by HandsomeMan on January 8, 2017 at 10:26pm
All over the f****** news and you dumb f**** running along with it.
How many whites have been doing worst to black people over the years but you shitheads will not research to see them, but putting the same youths who are victims of oppression just like you are down.
At least they were born under a system that hate and oppress them but whats white people excuse?
Monkey starts with your dumb rassclat.
Comment by Sandra on January 8, 2017 at 11:28am
This is a sad story I'm black myself this is dead wrong I hope they get what they deserve nobody deserves that no matter what color you are and he couldn't defend his self either what the f*** is this world coming to
Comment by ydoineed alastname on January 7, 2017 at 8:50am

f****** monkeys need to be put back into the zoo!

Comment by Will on January 6, 2017 at 6:22pm

Why even do such a horrible thing, and especially why stream it to FB like somehow it's ok? What I can't stand is that there are people who can now sit around and say "yep, look, we are right about them.", just as much as I can't stand that anybody could possibly think it's cool or funny to behave the way these four did.

Comment by Ab Gai on January 6, 2017 at 6:06pm
If ever there was a time that white people would be allowed to use the N-word, it would be now. Use it that word as freely as you want because you shouldn't be expected to hold your tongue after some niggers torture your kid. I get that black angle that Obama may not speak out about every black injustice, but the difference here is that this was streamed worldwide not just for Chicago natives to see.
Comment by Angelfrmbklyn on January 6, 2017 at 4:00pm

Yet he made no speech about the white man whp molested a disabled black boy in a bathrrom with a hanger and was sentenced to community service. Obama has proven time and time again that the deep issuses of racial injustice are not his concern Not condoning what these teenagers did at all.

Comment by leah ashton on January 6, 2017 at 3:00pm
That is just horrible to do that to someone. Why is right? No one of any color deserves that. Race relations have not been the best. With everything that has happened this is the worse. There is probably more to come with our so called president coming into office. And It's not because he's white. It's because he's a racist, sexist jerk who doesn't care about anyone but himself.

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