By now I would guess that most people who watch television news and or who have seen this phenomenon on videos posted on YouTube have heard about this activity called the Knockout Game.  This is where black youth attack non-black pedestrians who are innocently walking by.  The game is played by attempting to knock the unsuspecting individual out with just one punch to the face.  These attacks are totally random, with no advanced warning, and are often times been recorded and posted online.

Recently, a young man, in Brooklyn, was randomly assaulted by strangers, and the attack was possibly part of the so-called Knockout Game.  Four men were arrested, but on Friday night only one was charged and the others were released.

The attack added to a growing log of reports of such crimes in the Northeast and beyond. Young assailants were randomly picking unlucky targets and trying to knock them out with just one punch.

Yet police officials in several cities where such attacks have been reported said that the “game” amounted to little more than an urban myth, and that the attacks in question might be nothing more than the sort of random assaults that have always occurred.

And in New York City, police officials are struggling to determine whether they should advise the public to take precautions against the Knockout Game — or whether in fact it existed.

Concern about being singled out for attacks have taken root in Jewish communities across the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Crown Heights, Borough Park and Midwood.  This occurred after the report, two weeks ago, in which a 78-year-old woman in Brooklyn reported being punched in the head, with her assailant fleeing without touching her shopping bags or her pocketbook.

This followed sporadic reports of similar recent attacks in Crown Heights,  including one on a 19-year-old Hasidic man who said he had been approached by eight men and then punched in the face by one of them, in what the police said was a possible hate crime.

Then, on the border of Borough Park, a 24-year-old man found himself suddenly boxed in by three men and punched by a fourth.  Police said the four men had been out celebrating and were “somewhat intoxicated.”  Mr. Kelly said the victim overheard the group discussing “how you knock somebody out.” Amrit Marajh, 28, of Brooklyn, was charged with assault and with aggravated harassment as a hate crime.

Whatever the case, a type of panic set in.  A girls’ high school in Midwood canceled a Friday evening get-together after nervous parents called the school, expressing concern for their daughters’ safety.

But police officials cautioned that they had yet to see evidence of an organized game spreading among teenagers online, though they have been reluctant to rule out the possibility.

There is particular concern within the department that widespread coverage could create the atmosphere where such a “game” could take hold in New York.

There was plenty of news coverage of the 2012 film footage from a surveillance camera in Pittsburgh of 50 year old, high school teacher, James Addlespurgerbeing swiftly struck to the ground by a young man walking down an alleyway with some friends.  Yet the Pittsburgh police said the attacker insisted the assault was not part of any organized “game.”

“This was just a random act of violence,” Police Commander Eric Holmes said in a televised interview last year.  “He stated that he was just having a bad day that day.”  The assailant saw Mr. Addlespurger, the commander said, “and decided this was a course of action he was going to take.”

Telecasts have also shown teenagers in Jersey City, their faces blurred, describing knockouts, which they defined as anyone might; someone is struck and knocked out.  But they did not report that it was a game.   A police spokesman in Jersey City later said there had not been a single reported knockout incident there. “If there ever was an urban myth, this was it,” he said.

In nearby Hoboken, there was one report of a random assault; in September a man approached by three youths was punched, and died after his head became wedged in a fence between pickets.  But the Police Chief of Hoboken said the attack appeared to have been isolated, an assertion repeated by the Hudson County prosecutor’s office. “We keep getting asked that question,” he said, of the Knockout Game, “and there is no noticeable trend.”

Police officials in Syracuse said the city had seen two such attacks this year, each fatal, and they were on the lookout for more. The police said that at least one of the assailants said he was playing the Knockout Game.  A police official stated,

“I think it’s very real.”  “As opposed to a motive for assault, be it anger or robbery, this is strictly for a game.”

So, myth or reality, these attacks are happening and the police departments, for the most part, are trying to reduce the chance of panic in the streets of major northeast metropolitan cities by claiming that these attacks are not part of a growing assault on non-black citizens.

I also do not believe any assailant who would say that he was just having a “bad day,” when we all know that an admission by him that this is motivated by race could get him charged with a federal crime.   This is as much of a “hate” crime as is the story of four white students at San Jose State University in California have been suspended and charged with misdemeanor battery and hate crimes against an African-American student who shared their dorm suite.  Police say the harassment ranged from displaying a Confederate flag and white-supremacist symbols to putting a bicycle lock around his neck.  A university police report says the white students referred to their behavior as “pranks” and “jokes.”  The students reportedly referred to their suite-mate as “Three-fifths” and “Fraction,” a reference to how the US government historically counted slaves.

Now the black community is demanding that federal felony charges be filed against these four white students, but interesting enough, this same black community is totally silent on these activities called the knockout game.  In fact, it is this same black community and the liberal left media who are calling this a myth.

As long as our society continues the double standard of treatment, in which, only non-blacks are racists and commit “hate” crimes, while only blacks can demand equality; then these kinds of “race” crimes will continue.

 

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