Knockout Game Leads To Hate Crime Charges

Friday, 27. December 2013

Knockout GameAs we noted in a previous post, a new “game” that involves sucker punching a random stranger to see if the assailant can knockout a person with one punch has begun springing up in cities all across the country, but a recent case out of Texas has left one man facing federal hate crime charges.

According to prosecutors, 27-year-old Conrad Alvin Barrett, who is white, videotaped himself punching a 79-year-old African American man in an attempt to knock him out. The victim lost three teeth and had his jaw broken in two places as a result of the attack. He needed multiple surgeries to address his wounds and was hospitalized for four days.

The attack was captured on video by Barrett himself, who wanted to “see if I were to hit a black person, would [it] be nationally televised?” The video shows Barrett approaching the victim and asking him, “how’s it going, man?” A loud smack is then heard, and the victim falls to the ground. As Barrett walks away, he laughs and says “knockout.”

Barrett was caught after he bragged about the punch to an off-duty arson investigator at a restaurant. Barrett showed the video to the investigator, who flagged down a police officer and led him to the assailant.

Needless to say, law enforcement officials aren’t taking Barrett’s actions lightly.

“Evidence of hate crimes will be vigorously investigated and prosecuted with the assistance of all our partners to the fullest extent of the law,” said U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson.

Barrett’s attorney said his client is mentally unstable, and that he “feels horribly sympathetic” to the victim.

The next thing Barrett’s feels may be the long arm of the law. If he is convicted of a hate crime, Barrett faces the possibility of up to 10 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000.

Related source: Pioneer Press

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Geoff Saltzstein, who became a partner at the Appelman Law Firm in January of 2013, has been with the team since the summer of 2010. He handles the firm’s federal drug and white-collar crime caseload, serious felonies such as criminal sexual conduct and drug possession cases, and high-level DWIs.

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