Back in January, four black Chicago teenagers live-streamed the kidnapping, binding, and torture of a mentally disable 18-year-old white man as they yelled “fuck white people” and “fuck Trump.” They made the young man drink toilet water, cut him with a knife, and inflicted other physical abuse. All four suspects have been in custody since the attack but a lenient judge has just issued the first sentence in the case to the woman who filmed the entire thing: 19-year-old Brittany Covington. Her “punishment” is nearly as sickening as the footage.
Cook County Circuit Judge William Hooks agreed that the officially labeled "hate crime" was “horrific,” according to The Chicago Tribune, but what he handed down to Covington is nothing more than a slap on the wrist. Now out on probation, she is banned from using social media over the next four years and is prohibited from contacting her co-defendants. She must also do 200 hours of community service.
Judge Hooks didn’t think the woman deserved prison time: “I’m not sure if I did that you’d be coming out any better.” Instead, he hopes probation will put Covington on a more productive path in life. If she violates any part of her probation, then she might face time behind bars.
Covington, who was high on marijuana and narrated the attack, pleaded guilty to aggravated battery and intimidation, but her plea deal included dropping the kidnapping charge.
Covington’s sister, who is 25, was also a part of the crime, as well as Jordan Hill and Tesfaye Cooper, both 19. Their cases will be heard next.
The victim’s mental health includes schizophrenia and ADHD. His grandmother said, “This is going to affect him for probably the rest of his life.”
With Kate Steinle's killer set free in San Francisco and now Covington back loose in Chicago, the takeaway is that Democratic cities are a great place to get away with crimes.