The vile thugs who viciously tortured a disabled Trump supporter in Chicago several weeks ago have been receiving DEATH THREATS from angry Americans around the nation.
The Daily Mail reports: Defense attorneys for the four suspects accused of tying up and torturing a mentally disabled man while they live streamed it on Facebook are complaining that the foursome have received death threats. ‘It is sad and unfortunate that many have commented on these young men and women without knowing all the facts,’ said Cook County Public Defender Amy Campanelli after a hearing on Friday. ‘They have been denounced in the media before anything has been proven.’
She said that ‘sensationalized, pervasive media coverage’ threatens to poison the jury pool. Neil Toppel, a public defender for one of the defendants, cited an online post calling for the ‘public execution’ of the defendants and their supporters.
‘There was a posting that invited a Good Samaritan to publicly execute these defendants by law or if not by mob,’ Toppel told reporters. ‘And said anybody that supports them should be executed as well.’
Public defenders are representing all of the suspects.
Judge Peggy Chiampas has barred cameras and sketch artists from the court during preliminary hearings for the four defendants.
The four were indicted Friday and their arraignment was scheduled for February 10. Previously, the judge had denied bail and asked the foursome ‘Where is your sense of decency?’
Among the charges the four face are aggravated kidnapping and two counts of committing a hate crime – one because of the victim’s race and the other because of his mental disabilities.
The suspects allegedly kidnapped the victim, who suffers from schizophrenia, on New Year’s Eve, tied him up, slashed and kicked him, and forced him to drink from a toilet.
The graphic cellphone video shows the four black suspects taunting the white victim with profanities against white people and President-elect Donald Trump.
They also demanded $300 from the victim’s mother if she wanted her son back, said a prosecutor.
The defendants are three 18-year-olds – Jordan Hill of Carpentersville, Brittany Covington of Chicago and Tesfaye Cooper of Chicago – and 24-year-old Tanishia Covington of Chicago.
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