President Obama has condemned the video which showed four black teens torturing a mentally disabled white teen, calling it despicable. Four suspects are facing hate crime charges after an 18-year-old mentally disabled man was bound, beaten, taunted with racial slurs and forced to drink from a toilet in a video broadcast live on Facebook.
The disoriented victim managed to escape his tormentors when a neighbour threatened to call 911 over noise coming from the apartment where he was held, authorities said.
In the video, the man’s wrists are bound and his mouth taped shut as his captors shout racial slurs and slice at his clothes with a knife. One person taps ash from a cigarette on an open wound on top of the man’s head. In the footage, someone shouts, “F— white people!” and “F— Donald Trump!”Another video clip shows one suspect submerging the teen’s head in a toilet bowl.
The suspects were identified by police as Jordan Hill, 18, Tesfaye Cooper, 18, and sisters Brittany Covington, 18, and 24-year-old Tanisha Covington. The victim told police what began as playful fighting transformed into the hours-long t0rture session streamed on social media.
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