Four Suspects in Hate Crime Incident Make Plea

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The four suspects accused of kidnapping and torturing a young disabled man in Chicago earlier this year have pleaded not guilty.

In a case that shocked the nation, a Facebook Live video showing four young African Americans torturing and abusing a white, disabled man went viral and sparked outrage.    

The suspects bound and gagged him, taunted him, cut his scalp, forced him to drink from a toilet, kicked and hit him, and forced him to make statements against Donald Trump. They also called the victim’s mother and demanded a $300 ransom for his safe return.

Hate crime charges were filed against the four suspects: Tanishia Covington, 24; Brittany Covington, 18; Jordan Hill, 18; and Tesfaye Cooper, 18.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that each of the four defendants pleaded not guilty at their arraignment Friday before Cook County Judge William Hooks.

Their next court date is set for Mar. 1.

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H/T: Chicago Sun-Times

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