Suspects in videotaped beating plead not guilty in Chicago

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CHICAGO — Four black people charged with a hate crime in an attack on a white mentally disabled man that was shown live on Facebook have pleaded not guilty.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that assistant public defenders for each of the four entered the pleas on Friday. They have been in custody since early January. At their first hearing, a judge called them a danger to society and refused to allow them to post bail.

The case gained international attention because the attack was captured by a cellphone camera and shown on Facebook Live. On the video, the suspects are seen beating the schizophrenic victim and can be heard taunting him and shouting profanities against white people and then-President-elect Donald Trump.

The four also face aggravated kidnapping and other charges.

12 comments

  • School? What's that? We nevah been there.

    They are all apparently useless dregs, but… what is wrong with the one on the green and yellow shirt? Is there something wrong with his neck? If that’s his “tough” look, he’s gonna be Bubba’s fave girlfriend in prison.

    • JOSEPH PEREZ

      i think he was trying to look tough, i looked up his county jail pic and that stupid look isnt there anymore, i think he looks more shocked or scared, ……..so good, i hope he knows he’s not getting out of jail for a long time.

  • Requesting accountability

    Hopefully bond will be set a reasonable number so these darlings can be back on the streets soon. We don’t want their rights abused

  • lovin2017sofar

    How can they plead not guilty when they themselves taped and posted it? (see prior articles) They did it. Case closed. Convict them. Strong long sentence.

    • SMM

      If I am not mistaken, if they plead guilty, they are surrendering their right to a trial. They are basically telling the judge to go ahead and sentence them. By pleading not guilty (something I am sure their lawyers told them to do as I doubt they have the intelligence to understand it on their own), they get a jury trial where, I suspect, those same lawyers are hoping they can get sympathetic jurors who will either find them not guilty or end up in a hung jury.

  • CYNIC

    The second the video was discovered they should have been taken in front of a judge, sentenced, and locked up. I’m all for due process, but when we have essentially a video confession showing irrefutable evidence of wrongdoing what is the purpose of a trial? They want to parade these psychos around as harmless kids who just made a bad judgement call but are otherwise saints. Would surprise me if one or two pleas their way out of it by turning on the others.

  • polymorph

    I find it hilarious when they try to look hard after gang beating a defenseless kid. Let’s see them after they’re gang raped in prison.

  • Libby Martin

    So these guys are thugs and dangerous . . What about the kid who raped his black team mate got let go or brock turner ? 34 percent of unarmed people shot by police were black males but make up 6% of population . Your Christian is showing

  • Cecelia

    I’m quite surprised Fox6 actually followed up on this story. There’s no anti-trump comments, no conservative bashing, no blame on Republican’s or mention of white privilege as the cause of the attacker’s anger issues. Hmmm.

  • SNEAK IN YO HOUSE IN THE MIDDLE OF THA NIGHT N TAKE ERRY THANG

    MAN YALL HAT’N ON EM. THEY GOOD KIDS AND ALL GO TO CHURCH ON SUNDAY WIT THEY GRAN MAMMA. THEY ALL IS BE WORKN 2 JOBS AN GO SCHOOL. DEY AINT DO NUFFIN WRONG DEY GOOD KIDS. FREE MY PEOPLE LET EM GO THEY AINT DO NUFFIN WRONG YALL JUST HATN ON EM CAUSE DEY BE DOIN GOOD N GOT THA NEW JORDANS AN YALL DONT YALL JUSS HATERS SMH YALL DUMB

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