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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.

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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.

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