Videos are capturing what some are calling a trend: Young people assaulting random strangers, trying to knock them to the ground with a single punch. The so-called “knockout game” is making headlines nationwide, but is it an actual trend? Pam Brown has been investigating.
Phoebe Connolly, who works with young people professionally, was punched in the face by a stranger while riding her bike home. She says teenagers "don't always think of the ramifications of their actions."
The knockout game is absolutely real. I live in Buffalo, NY and each morning, I call my mother who lives in Syracuse, NY. As always, I ask her "What's going on in Syracuse?" One day she told about me two incidents where the knockout game lead to the death of Michael Daniels on 5/23/13 and James Gifford on 9/28/13. When I began researching the knockout game, I found little news coverage. I did however come across an expert in mob violence, Colin Flaherty, and e-mailed him to ask why the news isn't spreading more awareness about this game. His response, "as to why? i haven't the foggiest". Such a true statement but I am glad to see that Anderson Cooper 360/Pam Brown investigated this very frightening game. Please continue the good work. Thank you.
I'm going to state the obvious here, but we're dealing with a group of feckless people, who undoubtedly will continue this hate crime, even increase it, due to this media coverage. They feed on it. I hope the government prosecutes these as hate crimes, though I expect them to treat the white victims differently than if this was marauding groups of upscale white kids knocking out poor black women. Either victim is a a victim of a hate crime, we can't make one person's value different than other – Did we learn nothing from the Three-Fifth's Compromise?
This is yet another example of lack of parenting. The people who are doing the attacks deserve vigilante justice and all legal consequences
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