Happy New Year and welcome to episode 38 of Beer & Bros, brothers drinking beer and talking about the news. A lot has happened in the news since our last show. Celebrities have died, people have complained about politics, there have been shootings, and a group of four kidnapped and tortured a man with special needs in Chicago. That last one is the subject of this episode of the show. Join us for about 40 minutes while we discuss the situation and our views on what it means for America.
Here are the basics of what happened. The victim’s mother dropped him off on New Year’s Eve at a McDonald’s where he met up with Jordan Hill, a fellow student at the alternative high school the victim attended; both men were 18 years old. They were to spend New Year’s together. Hill had stolen a van and he, the victim, and a third individual drove to Chicago to buy marijuana. Hill left the victim alone in the van for approximately two hours while he hung out with the dealer, according to Assistant State’s Attorney Erin Antonietti, who spoke during a bond hearing Friday. During this time, the victim’s mother tried several times to contact Hill to find out what the two were doing. This made Hill so angry, when he returned to the van, he began beating the victim. This, according to the prosecutor.
From there, Hill took the victim to an apartment where they met up with Tesfaye Cooper; 18; Brittany Covington, 18; and Tanishia Covington, 24. It was over the course of the next 24-48 hours that the four bound, beat, tortured, and berated the victim.
During the course of events, video was live streamed on Facebook with one of the assailants complaining that she wasn’t getting enough likes for the torture. The four can be heard saying “F- Donald Trump” and “F- white people” during the video. They made the victim say the same. Additionally, they cut his clothes, cut his scalp, flicked ashes into the wounds, made him kiss the floor, threatened to shank him, and also made him drink from the toilet.
Lyle and I broke our discussion up into four segments addressing the media, state politics, local politics, and racism. Listen to this episode and see if you agree or disagree with us. Click play.
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