On January 4 a white teenager with special needs was found wandering aimlessly in a black Chicago neighborhood and when police found him he had a frightening tale of race-based torture to tell. But before he was rescued Facebook users were treated to videos of four black kids hooting and laughing as they beat the teen bloody while yelling “F white people” and “F Trump.”
Unsurprisingly, because it is a white person being tortured, liberals from coast to coast are insisting this isn’t a racist hate crime.
The mentally undeveloped boy was kidnapped from his suburban home up to 72 hours before he was finally found by the Chicago police. He was driven into the city, bound with duct tape, repeatedly beaten bloody, forced to drink from a toilet, treated to racial-tinged taunting, and made to say things he didn’t want to say as these animals — one of whom was supposed to be his friend — hooted like monsters and recorded it all on cell phone video.
Despite the clear intentions of these black attackers, despite their own voices being heard yelling racial epithets, the left is now united in waving off this horrid crime as just another day in a dangerous and violent Chicago. Indeed, even the Chicago Police Department shockingly called the three-day session of beatings and torture of the white 18-year-old just “an act of stupidity,” and not really a hate crime.
While it isn’t surprising that the racist left is refusing to call this attack a hate crime, the more shocking and immoral treatment of the case was by the very police agency that this boy and his worried family will have to rely on to investigate this outrage. Then, the very evening the boy was rescued by officers, Chicago’s top brass blithely waved this crime off as a mere act of “stupidity.”
During his Wednesday night press conference, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson immediately shut the door on any thought that this crime would be investigated as a hate crime. In Johnson’s estimation, this was all apparently just youthful hijinks.
“If you look at that video… it’s just stupidity,” Johnson said.
Worse, he even tried to downplay the culpability of the would-be murderers who committed this crime. “Kids make stupid decisions — I shouldn’t call them kids, they’re legally adults. But they’re young adults and they make stupid decisions,” the Police boss said.
He went on to insist that there was no hate crime and no political motive behind the torture. You know, despite that the attackers said “f**k white people” and f**k Trump.”
But, “stupid decisions?” How is the three-day torture and beating of a person merely a “stupid decision”? Riding a bicycle without shoes is a stupid decision. Eating hot chili when you know it gives you heart burn is a stupid decision. Telling your wife she looks fat in those jeans is a stupid decision. Appointing Eddie Johnson as Police Superintendent is a stupid decision. Kidnapping, torturing, beating, and racially taunting another human being is a hate crime, not merely a “stupid decision.”
Fortunately, Chicago prosecutors had better ideas than to listen to Chicago’s top cop and the four black assailants were all charged with a hate crime.
By Thursday afternoon suspects Jordan Hill, 18, Tesfaye Cooper, 18, Brittany Covington, 18, and Tanishia Covington, 24, were all charged with a long list of crimes including hate crime charges. As Fox News reports:
Hill was charged with aggravated kidnapping, hate crime, aggravated unlawful restraint, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, robbery, residential burglary; Cooper was charged with aggravated kidnapping, hate crime, aggravated unlawful restraint, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and residential burglary; Brittany Covington was charged with aggravated kidnapping, hate crime, aggravated unlawful restraint, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and residential burglary; Tanishia Covington was charged with aggravated kidnapping, hate crime, aggravated unlawful restraint and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
It’s probably sad to say many were surprised that prosecutors in Chicago charged the evil quartet with hate crimes, especially after the immoral and gutless Chicago Police boss made it clear he didn’t see it as a hate crime at all. But, sadly, that is the world in which we live.