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Deadly 'knockout game' trend returns

Deadly 'knockout game' trend returns

November 20, 2013 - THE resurgence of a dangerously violent street game that targets innocent bystanders has left people dead and others fearing for their lives.

The aim of the game, known as Knockout, is to approach an unsuspecting passerby and punch them so powerfully they are knocked unconscious. The attacks are violent, deliberate and in some cases, fatal.

Why? Simply "for the fun of it," said one teenage participant.

"They think it's funny," said another.

"They just go, boom, when it's the right time and the right place.

"It could be anybody, it could be a mother with her children. It's a macho thing."

The game first surfaced in New York City several years ago and after a short lull, a number of recent attacks are proving it's back, as violent as ever.

Reported incidents include a Washington, D.C. woman, who was walking home when she was punched in the back of the head by a group of teens on bicycles. They then sped away, laughing, reports WJLA.

Meanwhile in Denver, a 15-year-old was charged after he hit teacher James Addlespurger, 50, so hard he fell face first onto a concrete kerb.

"I was shocked at the whole narrative of it. There were six kids. There was me walking, just normally on my way, and boom came the punch and down I went, straight down with my face falling and hitting the cool concrete. I was shocked. I was speechless. I didn't really know what to think," Addlespurger told WTAE-TV.

In New Jersey, video footage shows Ralph Santiago, 46, targeted in broad daylight by a group of teens. He was later found dead with his head lodged between an iron fence, neck broken. Three teenagers, two 13-year-olds and a 14-year-old, were charged with his murder.

Other recorded attacks have taken place in New Jersey and Missouri, where a pedestrian was killed in each case.

"They just want to see if you've got enough strength to knock somebody out," said one participant.

Both the New York Police Department and London Metropolitan believe the attacks are evolving into predominantly race-based hate crimes.

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The Knockout Game Proves Society Has Completely Lost It

Bored and mentally disturbed teenagers all across the country have found a new pastime in punching random people. The game is called Knockout, and the idea is to approach an innocent bystander and deliver such a powerful blow that the individual is left unconscious. The reported attacks have been increasingly violent and even, in some cases, fatal.

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  • mrjohnnellas#

    mrjohnnellas wrote November 22, 2013 10:18:36 AM CET

    what was your motive in posting this?

  • mrjohnnellas#

    mrjohnnellas wrote November 22, 2013 10:15:11 AM CET

    The incident pictured is from the U.K and actually the victim was not white but asian...

    this is retard related not race related and the "facts" in the article are spurious at best.

  • Lakeview1#

    Lakeview1 wrote November 21, 2013 11:39:34 PM CET

    Cowardly useless pussies. Would love to meet these scumbags.

  • Capsule001#

    Capsule001 wrote November 21, 2013 11:14:58 PM CET

    "They just want to see if you've got enough strength to knock somebody out," said one participant.

    Why don't they just get together and knock each other out and do us all a favour. ;)

  • properREDeye#

    properREDeye wrote November 21, 2013 6:16:45 PM CET

    Theres nothing macho about this. There is little more cowardly than this in fact. Go to a gym & hit someone who wants to fight back or are you too pussy?! Yeah that sounds right, too scared to hit a man who might fight back so you pick on an ethnic minority small framed young woman instead. Maybe there would be less police violence if they were also given the task of dealing out punishment on people who do senseless violent crimes, as a sort of stress release. That should work, the average Joe would show distaste for countless beatings but police have proved their commitment and persistence there, we should allow it, everyone is a winner!!!

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