Update: Hate crime charges filed in Facebook Live beating

UPDATE: CHICAGO (AP) – Prosecutors have filed hate crime and aggravated kidnapping charges against four black suspects accused of beating and taunting a white man during an attack streamed live on Facebook.

Cook County prosecutors on Thursday announced charges against 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.

Prosecutors say the four are also charged with aggravated unlawful restraint and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Three have also been charged with residential burglary.

The charges stem from an incident that went on for as many as 48 hours. Police have said the victim has ``mental health challenges.''

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Chicago police say authorities are considering whether an attack on a white man that was broadcast live on Facebook falls under hate crimes statutes.

Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Thursday morning that the four black suspects made ``terrible racist statements'' during the assault but that police believe the victim was targeted because he has ``special needs,'' not because of his race.

Still, Guglielmi says investigators are looking at whether the assault falls under hate-crime laws.

Guglielmi says it's possible the suspects were trying to extort something from the victim's family.

Guglielmi says charges are expected later Thursday. He says the four suspects are all adults.

Police haven't identified the individuals in custody, but say three are Chicago residents and one is from suburban Carpentersville. The suspects, two men and two women, are all 18 years old.