While there has long been a “knockout game,” in which young thugs target and assault elderly or unsuspecting victims with a quick sucker-punch, sometimes causing severe injury or death, the game has taken on a new popularity thanks to cellphone videos and the Internet.
According to the New York Daily News, the first federally prosecuted knockout game case just resulted in a conviction and a sentence of nearly six years in federal prison for a white man named Conrad Barrett, who recorded himself assaulting an elderly black man named Roy Coleman a couple of years ago, fracturing his jaw.
The Washington Times noted in 2013 that Barrett was the first “knockout game” perpetrator to be hit with federal hate crime charges for his attack, with U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas Kenneth Magidson declaring that all crimes of such a nature would be “vigorously” prosecuted.
“Suspected crimes of this nature will simply not be tolerated,” Magidson said. “Evidence of hate crimes will be vigorously investigated and prosecuted with the assistance of all our partners to the fullest extent of the law.”
However, despite that strong statement of condemnation from Magidson and a plethora of evidence regarding other “knockout game” attacks, it is unclear if the feds have pursued hate crime charges in any other cases.
To be sure, this punk absolutely deserved to be charged and convicted for his hateful and violent assault on an innocent person, and nobody will cry if he gets a taste of his own medicine in prison, but his prosecution raises a question the Department of Justice seems unwilling or unable to answer.
With so many cases of “knockout games” being filmed and posted online, the majority of which feature young black men attacking older white victims, why was this one case featuring a white assailant and a black victim the only one to be publicly prosecuted at a federal level?
Unfortunately, considering the politicization of President Barack Obama’s Department of Justice, we pretty much already know the answer to that question.
H/T BizPac Review
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