More than $100G Raised for Mentally Disabled Victim Whose Beating Was Streamed on Facebook Live
The campaign is trending online.
People across the U.S. have raised more than $100,000 in support of a mentally disabled teen whose savage beating was streamed live on Facebook in what is now being called a hate crime by police.
Jordan Hill, Tesfaye Cooper and Brittany Covington, all 18, and Tanishia Covington, 24, are accused of launching the Chicago attack on an 18-year-old man, who cops say they beat and kicked for hours.
Police also said they made him drink toilet water and cut his hair and scalp over the course of the six-hour ordeal.
The teen's family told InsideEdition.com that he has Schizophrenia and attention deficit disorder.
The GoFundMe, which was started with a goal of $10,000, has reached $140,000 as of Monday morning. A GoFundMe spokesman confirmed the victim’s family is working with the company on the campaign.
"Let me be very clear — the acts on that video are reprehensible," police superintendent Eddie Johnson told reporters Thursday, saying racism has no place in Chicago "against anyone, regardless of their race, gender, state of mental health or any other identifying factor."
Police said the victim had been dropped off by his parents on December 31 at a McDonald’s restaurant in Streamwood, where he met one of the suspects, Jordan Hill, with whom he attended school for a period of time.
They eventually went to the home of the Covington sisters, where the victim apparently got into a play fight with Hill that eventually escalated, police said.
About a half hour of the attack was broadcast on Facebook Live, during which someone off-camera disparages "white people" and Donald Trump.”
President Obama also spoke out about the attacks, calling it "despicable."
“I take these things very seriously,” he told CBS Chicago. "We see visuals of racial tensions, violence and so forth because of smartphones and the internet and media... a lot of the problems that have been there a long time,” Obama said.
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