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Postby Kramania » Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:29 pm

Yep.
A woman who live-streamed herself and a trio of friends abusing a mentally disabled man and taunting him with racial insults was sentenced to probation Friday after spending nearly a year behind bars.

Brittany Covington, 19, had been held at the Cook County Jail without bond since January, when she and co-defendants Tesfaye Cooper, Jordan Hill and her 24-year-old sister Tanishia Covington were arrested on kidnapping and hate-crime charges.

The plea deal prosecutors made with Brittany Covington makes her the first of the four to be released, though she will remain on probation for four years and is barred from contact with Cooper and Hill.

Brittany Covington narrated Facebook Live video of the others tormenting the 18-year-old white man in the West Side apartment she shared with her sister.

The victim, a Crystal Lake man who had been classmates with Hill at a west suburban alternative high school, appears terror-stricken as he was taunted with racially-tinged insults — including calling him a supporter of then-President-elect Donald Trump. Hill and Cooper allegedly cut his clothing with a knife, punched and kicked him. In one Facebook video, the man was forced to drink water from a toilet bowl.

The victim, on video, was also was allegedly threatened with a knife. Someone told the victim, “kiss the floor, b—-!” and “nobody can help you anymore.” At one point, someone told the victim, “say ‘I love black people.’ ”

The videos drew outrage from then President Barack Obama, who condemned the acts as “despicable.”

The saga began on New Year’s Eve, when Hill had picked the victim up at a Streamwood McDonald’s, driving a van he had stolen, prosecutors said. The pair drove around visiting friends for about three days, police said.

At some point, the victim got into a “play fight” with Hill in the Covington sisters’ apartment in the 3300 block of West Lexington. The “play fight” escalated to the defendants binding the victim and battering him in a corner of the apartment, police said.

The victim managed to escape, and police found him, wearing shorts and his torn clothing, a block away. Streamwood police officials say the victim’s parents had made a missing-persons report after their son didn’t return home.

Plea negotiations are ongoing with her three co-defendants, all of whom also have been in custody.

So, yeah. Kidnap and torture a disabled guy, commit a hate crime, and you'll get off with probation. This is a pretty grotesque case, and I can't fathom how someone could do something like this and not get sentenced to a single day of jail time. There's no justice here. Anyone who would do something like this to another human being is demented, and should be locked up for the rest of their life so that they can't harm another person.

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Postby Gyrenaica » Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:30 pm

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Postby Northeast American Federation » Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:31 pm

The stench from the bench once more makes me clench. I don't know what these judges are thinking sometimes with the shit they let slide.
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Postby Luminesa » Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:31 pm

Chicago is corrupt and this should be taken to Supreme Court somehow. Is there any way at this point?
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Postby The Derpy Democratic Republic Of Herp » Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:32 pm

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Trump acting like, Idk! IDK! It's just... SAVE ME!
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Kwesiland wrote:Trump acting like, Idk! IDK! It's just... SAVE ME!

Trump has literally nothing to do with this.
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Postby Bombadil » Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:36 pm

Northeast American Federation wrote:The stench from the bench once more makes me clench. I don't know what these judges are thinking sometimes with the shit they let slide.


Blame the prosecutors for making a deal, the judges can’t do much here.
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Postby Thermodolia » Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:44 pm

Luminesa wrote:Chicago is corrupt and this should be taken to Supreme Court somehow. Is there any way at this point?

I think being controlled by the US military would work better at this point
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Postby Ifreann » Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:44 pm

Kramania wrote:Yep.
A woman who live-streamed herself and a trio of friends abusing a mentally disabled man and taunting him with racial insults was sentenced to probation Friday after spending nearly a year behind bars.

Brittany Covington, 19, had been held at the Cook County Jail without bond since January, when she and co-defendants Tesfaye Cooper, Jordan Hill and her 24-year-old sister Tanishia Covington were arrested on kidnapping and hate-crime charges.

The plea deal prosecutors made with Brittany Covington makes her the first of the four to be released, though she will remain on probation for four years and is barred from contact with Cooper and Hill.

Brittany Covington narrated Facebook Live video of the others tormenting the 18-year-old white man in the West Side apartment she shared with her sister.

The victim, a Crystal Lake man who had been classmates with Hill at a west suburban alternative high school, appears terror-stricken as he was taunted with racially-tinged insults — including calling him a supporter of then-President-elect Donald Trump. Hill and Cooper allegedly cut his clothing with a knife, punched and kicked him. In one Facebook video, the man was forced to drink water from a toilet bowl.

The victim, on video, was also was allegedly threatened with a knife. Someone told the victim, “kiss the floor, b—-!” and “nobody can help you anymore.” At one point, someone told the victim, “say ‘I love black people.’ ”

The videos drew outrage from then President Barack Obama, who condemned the acts as “despicable.”

The saga began on New Year’s Eve, when Hill had picked the victim up at a Streamwood McDonald’s, driving a van he had stolen, prosecutors said. The pair drove around visiting friends for about three days, police said.

At some point, the victim got into a “play fight” with Hill in the Covington sisters’ apartment in the 3300 block of West Lexington. The “play fight” escalated to the defendants binding the victim and battering him in a corner of the apartment, police said.

The victim managed to escape, and police found him, wearing shorts and his torn clothing, a block away. Streamwood police officials say the victim’s parents had made a missing-persons report after their son didn’t return home.

Plea negotiations are ongoing with her three co-defendants, all of whom also have been in custody.

So, yeah. Kidnap and torture a disabled guy, commit a hate crime, and you'll get off with probation. This is a pretty grotesque case, and I can't fathom how someone could do something like this and not get sentenced to a single day of jail time.

I imagine it has something to do with already having done a year in jail and, from the sounds of things, being the least involved perpetrator. Pleading guilty and maybe having an otherwise clean record may also have helped.
There's no justice here. Anyone who would do something like this to another human being is demented, and should be locked up for the rest of their life so that they can't harm another person.

Thoughts?

I don't know about a life sentence, but probation after a year served feels light. I wonder if she made a deal to testify against the other two. Hardly seems like that would be necessary if the whole thing was recorded, though.
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Postby The East Marches II » Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:46 pm

No surprise, white involved hate crimes don't get much attention. Chicago also has a virtual warzone going on, they want to sweep this under and make it go away.
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Postby Thermodolia » Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:49 pm

The East Marches II wrote:No surprise, white involved hate crimes don't get much attention. Chicago also has a virtual warzone going on, they want to sweep this under and make it go away.

So martial law might do some good?
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Thermodolia wrote:
The East Marches II wrote:No surprise, white involved hate crimes don't get much attention. Chicago also has a virtual warzone going on, they want to sweep this under and make it go away.

So martial law might do some good?


I'm not sure if that would make a difference other than send people home in bodybags. The breakdown is so intense there that you have an entire society that is RIP. A mere episode of martial law wouldn't be enough to fix it. It would be require far more to fix it.

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Postby Valentine Z » Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:52 pm

Umm... no. I think jail time is a reasonable option. Seriously, it's just messed up!
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Thermodolia wrote:
The East Marches II wrote:No surprise, white involved hate crimes don't get much attention. Chicago also has a virtual warzone going on, they want to sweep this under and make it go away.

So martial law might do some good?


Martial law in the US? You must really want people to start using their 2nd Amendment rights.....
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Thermodolia wrote:So martial law might do some good?


Martial law in the US? You must really want people to start using their 2nd Amendment rights.....

In Chicago? I'd be made president for life by some
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Fartsniffage wrote:
Martial law in the US? You must really want people to start using their 2nd Amendment rights.....

In Chicago? I'd be made president for life by some


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Postby Principality of the Raix » Sun Dec 10, 2017 7:02 pm

Overall this is a miscarriage of justice over the fact and under the situation of. However, it is more likely the Judge that signed off on her probably supports the women's view in some form.
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I love how the thread is so civil about this case but if it happened to be a man instead of a woman we'd all be screaming bloody murder.
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Soldati Senza Confini wrote:I love how the thread is so civil about this case but if it happened to be a man instead of a woman we'd all be screaming bloody murder.

I can be honest, that would be the case.... In a manner. :lol2:
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Soldati Senza Confini wrote:I love how the thread is so civil about this case but if it happened to be a man instead of a woman we'd all be screaming bloody murder.


They deserve a nice fair trail and after being found guilty hanged on the spot.
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Soldati Senza Confini wrote:I love how the thread is so civil about this case but if it happened to be a man instead of a woman we'd all be screaming bloody murder.

Heck, reverse em both - race and gender.

Try and imagine what would happen if four white men tortured a disabled black woman and streamed it to the internet, and then the first one got probation.
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Galloism wrote:
Soldati Senza Confini wrote:I love how the thread is so civil about this case but if it happened to be a man instead of a woman we'd all be screaming bloody murder.

Heck, reverse em both - race and gender.

Try and imagine what would happen if four white men tortured a disabled black woman and streamed it to the internet, and then the first one got probation.


Chicago would be in riots right now over this and a lot of us would be demanding their head. Most likely scenario.

This does bring a lot of questions about jurisprudence in general, considering they lowered the sentence because she pled guilty, was the least responsible of the four, and she wasn't a big problem for the courts. To be fair, it'd draw ire because they should sentence them all as a group, but it'd bring more ire and an overreaction from the public than the one being noticed now.
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Soldati Senza Confini wrote:
Galloism wrote:Heck, reverse em both - race and gender.

Try and imagine what would happen if four white men tortured a disabled black woman and streamed it to the internet, and then the first one got probation.


Chicago would be in riots right now over this and a lot of us would be demanding their head. Most likely scenario.

This does bring a lot of questions about jurisprudence in general, considering they lowered the sentence because she pled guilty, was the least responsible of the four, and she wasn't a big problem for the courts. To be fair, it'd draw ire because they should sentence them all as a group, but it'd bring more ire and an overreaction from the public than the one being noticed now.


I don't think any of that would sway the rioters.

I wonder what "least responsible" means in this context. I'm not necessarily saying the sentencing is wrong (facts of the case are what they are and I don't know them all other than the videos are obscene), but I just pictured this article with all the different race gender configurations (4 black men and 1 white woman, 4 white women and 1 black man, 4 white men and one 1 black woman, and of course hte original case of 4 black women and 1 white man) and I'd bet this would be a lot more outrage in at least 2 of those 4 configurations.

(I'm not sure what the four white women and one black man would look like. That's a crapshoot).
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