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When Knockout Victim Is Black, Attacker Charged with Hate Crime

A law school textbook classic example of a hate crime. In this Texas case, it was a white man "playing" the Knockout "Game" on a black victim.
27 year old Conrad Alvin Barrett, the alleged perpetrator of a Knockout attack on a black man, was charged with a hate crime

27 year old Conrad Alvin Barrett, the alleged perpetrator of a Knockout attack on a black man, was charged with a hate crime
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For months, people in the New York City area have been watching media reports of a violent craze known as the “Knockout Game.” In this ugly fad, thugs attempt to knock out a random victim with a single punch, usually while the assault is being videotaped. The videotape of the attack is then widely shared, and the assailant gains that elusive currency of “street cred.”

People have wondered why, given that the vast majority of victims in the New York City area have been Jewish, the attacks have not been officially labelled “hate crimes.”

The following story provides a near perfect example of what kind of evidence would be required before an attack can be labeled a hate crime.

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On Thursday, Dec. 26, the United Stated Justice Department charged Conrad Alvin Barrett, 27, with a federal hate crime after allegedly breaking the jaw of a 79 year old African American man.

On Nov. 24, Barrett, of suburban Houston, Texas, allegedly punched the victim, laughed, and said “knockout,” as he fled the scene. The victim was hit with such force that he immediately fell to the ground. The victim suffered two jaw fractures for which he had to have metal plates inserted, and was hospitalized for several days as a result of the attack.

The assault and Barrett’s glee was allegedly captured on Barrett’s cellphone, which he allegedly showed to others. According to the complaint, Barrett attacked the elderly man because of the man’s race and color in what Barrett called a “knockout.”

In addition to the claimed contemporaneous audio and video of the actual crime, there were other indicia of Barrett’s animosity towards African Americans, some of which was also captured on videotape.

For example, the complaint against Barrett states that he made several videos in which he identified himself, made racial slurs, and talked about the “Knockout Game.” Barrett was also recorded on a video saying, “the plan is to see if I were to hit a black person, would this be nationally televised?”

“Hate crimes tear at the fabric of entire communities,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Samuels.  “As always, the Civil Rights Division will work with our federal and state law enforcement partners to ensure that hate crimes are identified and prosecuted, and that justice is done.”

The criminal complaint was filed under seal Dec. 24, 2013, and unsealed today upon Barrett’s arrest, according to a U.S. Department of Justice statement.   He is expected to make an initial appearance before a U.S. Magistrate at 10:00 a.m.

“Suspected crimes of this nature will simply not be tolerated,” U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson said in a statement. “Evidence of hate crimes will be vigorously investigated and prosecuted with the assistance of all our partners to the fullest extent of the law.”

Because the victim’s race was part of the motive behind the attack, Barrett is being charged with violating the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.

If convicted, Barrett faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Barrett’s attorney told reporters that his client suffers from bipolar disorder.

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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43 Responses to “When Knockout Victim Is Black, Attacker Charged with Hate Crime”

  1. The attackers playing this horrific Knockout Game should have their faces punched in as punishment

  2. I believe that all these attacks called Knock Out are racist to include the others that were against whites and/or light skin persons by blacks.

  3. Once in a blue moon it’s a White that knocks a negro out, and the whole world hears about it! They kill us with this game, and nobody gives a ****.

  4. Hate Crimes weren’t designed to be applied when whites are the victims. The Diversity State is a fraud.

  5. Hate crime is an oxymoron . If I harm you, .i certainly am not fond of you

  6. Chaiya Eitan says:

    So why aren't blacks who attack whites charged with a hate crime??

  7. These vicious criminals should be sent to maximum security facilities for a long long time, regardless of what color or race they are. A criminal is a criminal. What are we coming to if this is what passes for entertainment among the young? Sickening….

  8. Carolin Knox says:

    This justice department is notorious for only charging whites with hate crimes, voting interference, etc.

  9. Brian Adams says:

    They didn't have enough evidence to prosecute black on white knockout attacks as hate crimes. But overall, more black people are prosecuted for hate crimes than white.

    http://www.wnd.com/2001/03/8380/

  10. Rob Taylor says:

    The one sided path was established a long time ago but re-enforced by the new administration.

  11. Duplicitous hypocrisy. Perfect example.

  12. So, White on Black, a hate crime; Black on While, no big deal. Interesting. DOJ, a racist organization?

  13. Anonymous says:

    Surprise surprise…

  14. Anyone that does this to any elderly person no matter the race or religion should be charged with a hate crime. If they are teenagers then tried as an adult.

  15. I knew some white trash would jump on the knock out thing. And he is charged with a hate crime. But have any of the black perps been charged with a hate crime on a white victim? Thanks Democraps for bringing racism back 50 years..

  16. Nancy Barlow says:

    Can jews play the ” bang ,bang ” game see if thats called self-defence or a hate crime .

  17. Nancy Barlow says:

    This game is spreading people here in Australia we have something similarly .

  18. Herman Christoffel Kuun says:

    In today's world, with the US in the lead, it is apparent that "knockouts" against whites and especially Jews is not hate. When the victim is a black there is a totally different measure. Israel shows the same tendency when it comes to Palestinians while in the "new" South Africa reverse discrimination is also rife,

  19. I would say if the dole (unemployment money) would be abolished, then all these thugs would have to work helping farmers reap their harvest without them having to import foreign labour. These thugs would have no money for cell phones to photograph their atrocities; and they would not have time to roam the streets looking for victims. What cowards these trash people are to attack an old man! Nothing to do with hate crime either, just plain boredom and opportunity. Institute labour camps, America.

  20. Sean Roaney says:

    Christ on a pony, I cannot believe anyone could make such a foolish statement. You're a tea bagger, right? You hate Obama? Think he's a commie Mooz'lum? Hey look, liver spot. Here's a news flash. Not every person who has ever received unemployment is a thug. Not every black person is on welfare. You feel so strongly about government hand-outs, decline your social security and medicare. Typical, old, ignorant republican. Thank God your party is dying.

  21. Anonymous says:

    If he was victimized because of his race/color, then it seems properly charged.

  22. Antonio Jimenez says:

    It's a hideous, stupid game that preys more on the helpless than race or religion. If prosecutors can tack on a couple of more years on this moron's sentencing, I'm comfortable with that.

  23. So when a Jew is the victim it is NOT a hate crime? Get with it, you Americans! The Jews are the most downtrodden people of the world! You are hate criminals, all of you who are playing this ugly game!

  24. I am black and I am very proud of it. We are human beings!

  25. Cody Flecker says:

    We are living in dangerous times. Black kids knocking out Whites for no reason get a pass from the Democrats, Liberal, and the Jews who voted for Obama. White who employ the same tactics on Blacks are hardened criminals who ought to be punished. This double standard is setting the stage for a full scale revolution within our lifetimes. Keep it up America, with your race baiting and division of social classes. Obamacare is screwing up America, and so is this nonsense. Keep it up America, and one day you will become just like Soviet Russia was at one time.

  26. John Michael says:

    National service for 3 years, with 2 years of that serving in Afghan. Sort the real men from the boys.

  27. John Michael says:

    National service for 3 years, with 2 years of that serving in Afghan. Sort the real men from the boys.

  28. Anonymous says:

    My interpretation is that Colin Flaherty and company whipped the leukosphere into a frenzy based on an imagined knockout game, and then Colin Adolf Barrett hits a black man in the face in an attempt to turn the tables, and the rest of the leukosphere are crying foul.

  29. Anonymous says:

    My interpretation is that Colin Flaherty and company whipped the leukosphere into a frenzy based on an imagined knockout game, and then Colin Adolf Barrett hits a black man in the face in an attempt to turn the tables, and the rest of the leukosphere are crying foul.

  30. I still remember Sarah Silverman saying that young Jews should convince old Jews to

  31. * vote for Obama. I wonder whether she regrets that now.

  32. * redundant, not oxymoron.

  33. It just goes to show you society has decided to villainize the white race.

  34. What I find very interesting, and telling of media sensationalism, is that this perp's name was first listed as Colin Adolf Barrett.

    A Google search for Colin Adolf Barrett would lead one to http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colin_Barnett, who supported measures that Adolf Hitler took against drugs, in an effort to bring security to Nazi Germany.

    And since the self-proclaimed “Aryan Brotherhood”

    [if they knew the origin of the word “Arya” they would change their name immediately, as would the KKK, if they knew that they are literally calling themselves ****s, but ignorance performs its own minstrel show]

    with its Fascist ideology, has gotten involved by putting bounties on the heads of two black kids who killed a WWII vet in Spokane, WA,

    I wonder whether whether this perp, being 27 years old, is genuinely Fascist, and identified himself as Colin Adolf, or whether the media injected this intentionally, to test the name’s inspiration to cause riots.

  35. Britten Hartford

    One more thing: If Barret

    (don’t overlook the name match to the Barrett .50 cal sniper rifle, along with our current anti-gun craze, and the fact that the best sniper in the world, Chris Kyle, was recently murdered in Texas)

    is not a Fascist himself, or a mercenary of the Fascist movement here, then he may be a plant of the Communist movement http://revcom.us , as I suspect the entire knockout game in general is.

    I base this opinion on the history of how the Baltic republics were annexed into the USSR, only this time, the great communist empire is the SCO. http://www.sectsco.org/EN123/

  36. Britten Hartford True. But only to further the Communist, or Fascist cause.

    No publicity is bad publicity.

    The whole purpose of putting the red man on reservations, and giving the black man Affirmative Action was to keep the underprivileged aware that the white man giveth, and the white man taketh away.

    The vilification movement of white man serves the same purpose: to make the non-white afraid to fight back, and the white man afraid to speak up.

    Of course, even though the white man in power is the bad guy, the fact remains that Stalin killed about 20 million in the USSR and Soviet-occupied Europe, and WWII in general, being the “free” world versus the Fascist world cost us roughly 80 million.

    Even if you give the Jewish holocaust the whole 6 million they claim were killed by the Nazis, that still gives us roughly *74 million (mostly white, but many non-white) killed by white supremacist and working class supremacist movements.

    So, the fact remains that the Communist and Fascist movements thrive on the fear of the white man, be he good or vile, as long as he’s feared.

    *edit: 94 million.
    I forgot to add the Soviet toll.

  37. Check this out. Contrary to popular belief, I consider him part of a larger movement.

    I just don’t know whether he was a bona fide fascist, or some neo-Nazi follower, as Lee Harvey Oswald considered himself a communist, but he strikes me as a similar case to Barret.

    Anyway, whether offspring of KGB or SS, I think this story is the tip of an iceberg with larger rats in the woodwork.

    http://www.historyguy.com/biofiles/mcveigh_timothy.html#.UsdshfY-B1M

  38. Kimberley 'Houser' Jones says:

    That article is almost 13 years old. I challenge you to find a recent, unbiased article that shows the same statistics.

  39. Brian Adams says:

    Kimberley 'Houser' Jones That was easy. In 2012 according to the FBI, 54.6% of people arrested for hate crimes were white, 23.3% were black. When compared to their percentage in the population, a black person is more likely to be arrested for a hate crime than a white person. Recent and unbiased enough for you? #stopblamingblackpeopleforeverything
    http://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/fbi-releases-2012-hate-crime-statistics

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