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Facebook Live Torture Suspects Plead Not Guilty

Four people charged with attacking a mental ill, White man in the Facebook Live video that drew outrage across the country have pleaded guilty at their arraignment, Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Assistant public defenders representing the four suspects entered the pleas on behalf of their clients. The defendants are slated to appear in court the next day.

Tanishia Covington, 24, Jordan Hill, 18, Brittany Covington, 18, and Tesfaye Cooper, 18, are accused of holding the schizophrenic man captive in a West Side apartment last month. The foursome allegedly forced him to drink toilet water, cut his scalp with a knife and making him proclaim, “I love Black people.”

While the man was beign tortured, one of the suspects allegedly said on video: “I don’t give a f*** if he is schizophrenic.”

In January, Cook County Public Defender, Amy Capanelli, criticized media coverage of the case.

“It is sad and unfortunate that many have commented on these young men and women without knowing all the facts,” Campanelli said then. “Sensationalized, pervasive media coverage threatens to poison the jury pool for my clients. They’ve already been denounced in the media before anything has been proven, and now additional attention is being given, trying them in public before they have their day in court.”