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Judge rebukes the Chicago four who tortured special needs man, and denies them bail
This booking photo provided by the Chicago Police Department shows Brittany Covington of Chicago. Covington is one of four people charged Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, with aggravated kidnapping and taking part in a hate crime after allegedly beating and taunting a man in a video broadcast live on Facebook. (Chicago Police Department via AP)

Judge rebukes the Chicago four who tortured special needs man, and denies them bail

You'll recall the recent story of four individuals in Chicago who kidnapped, and tortured a special needs man due to being an alleged "Trump voter." The four have now had their day in court, and the judge who presided over the case had some harsh words for these young black adults.

"Where was your sense of decency?" asked the judge right before denying the four bail to be released from jail.

Fox29 has more.

"I find each of you a danger to yourself and society," Cook County Circuit Judge Maria Kuriakos Ciesil said, sounding baffled that the suspects who hold jobs, attend school and, in one case, care for a brother in a wheelchair could be charged with attacking the 18-year-old victim. How, she wondered, could she agree to allow people accused of such "terrible actions" to walk out of jail?

The case has also revealed new actions that were taken by the Chicago four. Prosecutors have revealed that they had also demanded $300 from the mother of the special needs man. The torture had also started well before they got to the house, as the beatings began in the van on the way there.

They are now charged with two instances of a hate crime, one for his race, and the other due to him being special needs. Despite this, lawyers attempted to pass off the suspects as stand up citizens.

Defense attorneys portrayed the suspects as hardworking, responsible and religious. Cooper, for example, was taking care of his twin brother, who is in a wheelchair. Tanishia Covington has two small children. Her sister attends college and has a job. Hill, the judge was told, goes to church with his grandmother.

All four have experienced brushes with the law, some for serious and violent crimes.

According to Fox News, these violent crimes include an arrest of Tanishia Covington for armed robbery and aggravated battery in 2007, and armed robbery, possession of a stolen vehicle, and residential burglary for Jordan Hill.

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