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Four teens charged with hate crimes in the Facebook Live beating of a special-needs teen

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[UPDATE] 4:30 PM EST |

Four Chicago teens accused of torturing a man and streaming it on Facebook were charged, reports CNN

Jordan Hill, 18; Brittany Covington, 18; Tanishia Covington, 24; and Tesfaye Cooper, 18 are charged with hate crime, felony aggravated kidnapping, aggravated unlawful restraint and aggravated battery. 

Hill, Cooper and Covington are charged with residential burglary. Hill is charged with possession of a stolen vehicle. 

GALLERY | The mugshots of the four suspects

Original Story: 

Four teens were arrested Wednesday after police say they broadcast the beating and racial taunting of a man on Facebook Live.

The man was hospitalized after police say officers found him wandering the streets Tuesday afternoon.

Police say the victim knew at least one of his accused assailants and are considering hate crimes charges.

WATCH  |  The victim was tied up with his mouth taped shut as the attackers kicked and punched him.

They are heard laughing and shouting in the video "f*** Donald Trump," and "f*** white people."


According to CNN, Chicago Police said the 18-year-old victim has special needs. He was found wandering the street "in crisis" after surviving the attack.

Two men and women await formal charges in the incident.

Chicago PD tweets about the disturbing video.

Periscope video from the Chicago PD press conference on the beating.

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