On Thursday, Montel Williams took to Facebook to condemn the actions of the four African-American suspects who live-streamed themselves beating and torturing a mentally disabled white man.
Williams is calling for the four suspects to spend the rest of their lives behind bars.“Life in prison. No parole. I’m not interested in whether these kids had a tough life, whether their parents loved them enough, I don’t care,” Williams wrote in the post.
Williams went on to call the debate about whether or not this attack was a hate crime a “distraction.”
“Whether this is a hate crime is a distraction and irrelevant – THIS IS THE COLD BLOODED TORTURE OF AN INNOCENT HUMAN BEING. That’s bigger than a hate crime, it’s bigger than racism (saying F*ck white people is racist by definition), it’s bigger than politics.”
Williams ended the post by saying his “prayers go out to the young man in this disgusting video,” and offered an explanation as to why these four suspects should be locked up for life: “Life in prison. No parole. If you can do this to another human being once, you can’t be trusted to not do it again,” Williams said.
The four suspects in this attack have been identified as Brittany Covington, 18, Tesfaye Cooper, 18, Jordan Hill, 18, and Tanishia Covington, 24. All four have been charged with two counts of committing a hate crime and were all denied bail during their first court appearance on Friday.
Williams is an American television personality, radio talk show host, and actor. He is also a decorated naval officer, inspirational speaker and author. On Saturday, Williams shared some additional thoughts about the attack in a Facebook video:
Along with the video, Williams included the statement:
“Some more thoughts about the Facebook Live Torture… This is a serious crime – the hate crime, the racism is almost irrelevant in light of the cold blooded torture of another human being – that’s on a whole different level, and the fact this young man is differently able and was unable to fight back is the final straw justifying the most serious punishment available under the law.
Plenty of people grow up in the hood – myself included – the notion that’s an excuse for torturing another human being disgusts me.”
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