Tanisha Covington is one of the four suspects involved in the #BLMKidnapping. Tanisha is the sister of Brittany Herring. The girls kidnapped a mentally handicapped man because he supported Donald Trump. Brittany’s boyfriend, Jaenone Eblock, is one of the additional suspects involved. Brittany posted a gruesome video on Facebook Live, showing the group torture the Donald Trump supporter.
Twitter’s reaction to the incident has been eventful, to say the very least. Many want the teens behind bars for life while some don’t think they should be sent to jail. There’s a major debate regarding whether the attack will be prosecuted as a hate crime. Hate crimes impose tougher punishments on perpetrators who target their victims because of their race, disability or other prejudice.
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Here, the victim is a mentally handicapped, white male who supports Donald Trump. The teens are heard on the video making racial slurs therefore the case will most likely be prosecuted as a hate crime.
In addition, if the man were not mentally handicapped, they most likely would not have targeted him.
#BLMKidnapping is nothing short of a hate crime. But, the current Justice Dept. won’t label it as that. #justice
— Mike Crimaldi (@MikeCrimaldi) January 5, 2017
The tweet below claims that if the victim were black, the incident would have instantly been deemed a hate crime.
I’m very confused. When there is a black victim, the media knows it’s a hate crime right away. Why the big delay with the #BLMKidnapping?
— Stefan Molyneux (@StefanMolyneux) January 5, 2017
Members of the Black Lives Matter movement are desperately trying to clear their name:
Racially motivated hate crime? Yes
Aligned w/ the beliefs and values of BLM? No.
Say it with me everyone
— Malaika Foon (@UnfriendlyBG) January 5, 2017
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