#BLMKidnap trending on social media

On January 4th, 2017, four Chicago teens were arrested after kidnapping and torturing a mentally disabled man. The victim was bound, beaten, and taunted on Facebook live. He was forced to drink toilet water and his scalp was sliced with a knife multiple times. In, the video the teens expressed their hatred for new president, Donald Trump, and white people in general. The victim was found roaming the streets of Chicago by police after he escaped as a result of a neighbor threatening to call the police.

According to officer Michael Donelly “He was bloodied, he was battered, he was very discombobulated.”

Chicago victim tied up.| via naijamotherland.com

The suspects were identified as Jordan Hill(18), Tesfaye Cooper(18), Brittany Covington(18), and Tanishia Covington(24). They were charged with kidnapping aggravated battery, aggravated unlawful restraint and hate crime. The victim says what started off as play fighting resulted in hours-long torture. Brittany Covington’s grandmother, Priscilla, also spoke on the issue saying, “I’m so upset, my head is about to bust open. I don’t know if someone influenced her…She had her ups and downs. She was a good person. I’m so confused.”

John R.K. Howard| via latest.com

People have started to blame the  attack on the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, claiming that these are the teachings of the founders and supporters and the reason they should be put to an end.  The day the video released “#BLMKidnap” started trending on social media platforms. Although people of both communities have shown disgust toward the actions, people against their beliefs refuse to hear them out. A lot of controversy has also grown around this attack because of a case that happened in Idaho the year, of 2015.

After forcibly raping a mentally disabled black teammate with a coat hanger in 2015, John R.K. Howard walks free of hate crime charges. Howard, along with two other members of the high school football team, assaulted Antwon McDaniel in the locker room in October,2015.

Howard received two to three years probation and 300 hours of community service. If he doesn’t violate his probation he won’t have to serve a sentence. After luring McDaniel into the locker room, Howard shoved a coat hanger into his anus and kicked five or six times for deeper penetration.

Cosey Hemmer, Idaho Deputy Attorney told courts on Friday that she “doesn’t believe it’s appropriate for Mr. Howard to suffer the consequences of a sex offender.”

 

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