'Knockout' Assault Results in Hate Crime Charges
Conrad Barrett of Texas punched black man, 79, say prosecutors
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 26, 2013 4:24 PM CST
Conrad Barrett   (Police photo)

(Newser) – Conrad Barrett wanted to get national exposure for taking part in the "knockout game," say prosecutors. The 27-year-old from Katy, Texas, succeeded in that much at least, as authorities have charged him with a federal hate crime, reports KHOU. Barrett, who is white, punched a 79-year-old black man in the jaw so hard that the man suffered two fractures and spent several days in the hospital, alleges the Justice Department. Prosecutors say Barrett recorded the assault on video, and the footage shows him laughing after the punch, saying "knockout," and running to his car, reports the LA Times.

"The plan is to see if I were to hit a black person, would this be nationally televised?” Barrett reportedly says on an earlier video. He faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted, notes the Smoking Gun. The knockout game generally involves teens punching innocent passersby, but there's much dispute over how widespread the assaults actually are. Some critics say the "trend" is more myth than reality—and,a convenient way to demonize black teenagers. The Texas case suggests the publicity is at least spawning copycat incidents.

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KDickley
Dec 29, 2013 12:16 PM CST
I agree this asshole should do a lot of time. This should be a deterrant to any coward doing this to an unsuspecting person. My question is, why is it OK for negroes to do this to whites? Negroes aren't charged with a hate crime when they do this. Oh, everyone still thinks we have a black president, so the blacks get a pass. Prez Obobo the Clown is half white, folks.
Steve in Austin
Dec 27, 2013 2:47 PM CST
what are you smoking today? Me? A liberal?! Now that IS insulting. Please, since you are into name calling, call me ANYTHING but a liberal!
Had Enough
Dec 27, 2013 2:27 PM CST
My first reaction when I read the headline was "HOLY FU*KING SHIT!!! WILL BALLS-OUT MIRACLES CEASE?!" Then I saw the mugshot of a white "yooff" being charged and then remembered miracles do not exist.