Chicago gang rape victim was threatened with pit bull attack

Chicago gang rape victim was threatened with pit bull attack

The 15-year-old Chicago girl, who was gang raped on Facebook live, was threatened with a pit bull attack if she didn’t comply or if she tried to escape. Of course it would have to be a pit bull. I’m not saying that pit bulls are inherently violent dogs, but it seems like a number of criminal types own them as some kind of ghetto/trailer status symbol.

In other news about the brutal assault, the 15-year-old suspect who turned himself in, was accompanied by his mother at the time of his arrest. It makes me wonder if the kid received a righteous ass beating by his mom before she dragged him to the cops. One can only hope.

Speaking of the 15-year-old suspect, his public defender argued that the suspect shouldn’t be charged with production of child porn, claiming that the 14-year-old was the main aggressor. Judge Patricia Mendoza had a very matter of fact response.

“The very nature that he’s in the video … one can assume he was manufacturing child pornography,” Mendoza said.

So far this has all been handled in juvenile court. I would imagine that prosecutors are awaiting the additional arrests and evidence before the teenage suspects are charged as adults. I can’t imagine them not charging them as adults as it would be a grave injustice if the alleged perpetrators were only held until their 21st birthday or less.
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Arrest made in Chicago gang rape that was broadcast on Facebook, more expected

Arrest made in Chicago gang rape that was broadcast on Facebook, more expected

Chicago police have announced that yesterday they arrested a 14-year-old male in connection with the gang rape of a 15-year-old girl that was livestreamed on Facebook Live. The unnamed suspect has been charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault, manufacturing child pornography and dissemination of child pornography, all of which are felonies. So far, I have yet to see any mentions of prosecutors wanting to try him as an adult, but I can’t see why they wouldn’t.

The police also announced that they have issued an arrest warrant for a 15-year-old male they also believe was involved with the rape. They expect that individual to be arrested soon. Several other teens and at least one adult are also suspected to face charges along with whoever was working the camera at the time.

Sadly, the investigation isn’t going as fast as police would have hoped since the victim has not only been severely traumatized, to say the least, but as mentioned previously, she is also being harassed by people in her neighborhood. It’s also unfortunate that the people who viewed the video as it happened and didn’t call police can’t be traced. According to this 2015 article from the Chicago Tribune, there is no law in Illinois requiring you to call 911 if you witness a crime, which is sad in itself as everyone who viewed this video and did nothing should have to face judgment for being the heartless monsters that they are.

UPDATE 4/3/2017: A 15-year-old suspect has also been arrested after turning himself in. He has been charged with same felonies as the 14-year-old. Still no word on if either suspects will be charged as adults.

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Chicago girl gang raped on Facebook Live, no one reported it, victim being harassed

Chicago girl gang raped on Facebook Live, no one reported it, victim being harassed

A 15-year-old Chicago girl was dropped off at her home on March 19th after spending the weekend with her relatives. Sometime during that Sunday, the girl went missing. She didn’t return home until the following Tuesday, but before she had been found, she had been gang-raped by up to six men as it was being broadcast on Facebook Live, Facebook’s live streaming service. Up to 40 people watched the video live and not one of them reported it to police or Facebook. A teenager was able to get the video to one of the girl’s relatives who took it to a neighborhood activist who contacted police. However, the girl’s torment did not stop there.

After the victim returned home, she started receiving threats online including threats of violence. The girl and her family have since been relocated to a safe place by Chicago authorities.

So far no arrests have been made but a juvenile was taken into custody shortly after the girl was found.

This isn’t the first time Facebook has made headlines out of Chicago with these types of crimes. Back in January, four people were arrested for allegedly broadcasting the torture of a developmentally challenged man who thought one of his attackers was his friend. Also, in 2013, prior to the advent of Facebook Live, a gang of Chicago teens raped a 12-year-old girl, then posted the video to Facebook.

Not only does Chicago appear to be a city that would make Kitty Genovese roll in her grave, but for many people it seems to be a living hell on earth. It’s starting to make Detroit look like a vacation spot.
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The Chicago Facebook Live attack wasn’t about race

The Chicago Facebook Live attack wasn't about race

Brittany Covington, Jordan Hill, Tanishia Covington, Tesfaye Cooper

By now I’m sure we’ve all heard about the beating and torture that was streamed on Facebook Live out of Chicago. What the headlines were quick to point out is that the suspects were black and the victim was white. What the media was not very quick to point out was everything else in the story. Then again, facts don’t sell papers or get clicks from Facebook, knee-jerk outrage does in these times. In what seems to be the norm these days, most people online were quick to defend their own personal biases in the wake of this story while the truth became lost. It’s my hope to wade through the muck of personal prejudice to find at least a rose petal of truth.

Here’s how the story was first reported

The 18-year-old man, who had been reported missing by his parents in Crystal Lake earlier this week, is shown crouching in a corner on a video carried on Facebook Live. His wrists are bound and his mouth is taped shut.

As a woman shoots the video, two men cut the man’s shirt with knives, then take turns punching him and stomping his head. One of the men cuts the victim’s hair and scalp with a knife, and it appears the man is bleeding.

As the man crouches against a wall, someone shouts, “F‑‑‑ Donald Trump” and “F‑‑‑ white people.”

That was all that was needed to send the Facebook knee-jerk brigade into full meltdown. In some cases, you could almost smell the kerosene being poured on the crosses. A lot of people seemed to be under the impression that this roving gang of black thugs was just roaming the streets of Chicago looking for someone white that they could torture because Trump won the election. Cries of ‘hate crime’ rang down from the pale tableau of the Facebook masses. Those charged with the attack are Jordan Hill, 18; Tesfaye Cooper; 18; Brittany Covington, 18; and Tanishia Covington, 24. They have all been charged with hate crimes as the mob had demanded. As it turns out, race may have been the least of the motives involved.

Jordan Hill was actually said to be a friend of the victim. The victim’s parents dropped him off at a Chicago McDonald’s so the victim could have a sleepover at Hill’s. The attack was said to have occurred when the victim got into a ‘play fight’ with Hill and then the Covington sisters became annoyed with the victim, and that the attack may have escalated due to drugs and alcohol. Another motive that has been discussed is that the suspects had allegedly planned on extorting something from the victim’s family as they reportedly sent the victim’s family text messages saying that their son was being held captive. In yet another report, Hill allegedly started beating the victim when the victim’s parents kept trying to contact Hill about their son’s location. All four suspects have been held without bail.

Now having said all that, some of you may have the notion that somehow I am trying to excuse the four suspects from what they’ve done. Nothing could be further from the truth. They deserve to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and sentenced to whatever the maximum punishment may be. However, we shouldn’t be outraged by the races of everyone involved with this crime, but rather the fact that four people not only brutally tortured a special needs man but had the audacity to broadcast it live on Facebook. We shouldn’t be blaming the Black Lives Matter Movement or Donald Trump voters for this crime as no one involved is representative of either base. The only thing that race had to with this crime is that it made for inflammatory headlines. Should they have been charged with a hate crime? Absolutely, but mostly because the victim is mentally diminished.

Ask yourselves this. If the victim had been black, would this had been just another story out of crime-ridden Chicago? Would there be any Facebook outrage then? Respectively, those answers would be yes and no.

I’ll be posting more updates on this story as they become available and as time allows.

UPDATE 1/29/2017: On Friday the public defenders representing the quartet said they want their clients released because they “are young people who do not deserve to be there.” If this story wasn’t so tragic that might almost be funny. If they felt old enough to torture this poor man, then they’re old enough to be in jail.

UPDATE 2/11/2017: All four suspects have entered not guilty pleas and are being held without bond. Their next court appearance is scheduled for March 1st.

UPDATE 3/14/2017: A judge has ordered that private attorneys be assigned to Brittany Covington and Tesfaye Cooper, in order to avoid a conflict of interest with the Public Defender’s office.

UPDATE 12/11/2017: Brittany Covington has pleaded guilty to hate crime charges and has been sentenced to four years probation and has been banned from social media during that time. She must also avoid the other suspects, except her sister, and must complete 200 hours of community service. The other three suspects are still awaiting trial.

UPDATE 1/10/2018: Jordan Hill is facing additional assault charges after allegedly attacking another inmate while in custody.

UPDATE 4/20/2018: Tanishia Covington was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to charges of intimidation and aggravated battery.

UPDATE 7/7/2018: Jordan Hill was sentenced to 8 years behind bars after rejecting a plea deal that would have resulted in a similar sentence.