Federal authorities said Thursday they have arrested and charged a Texas man in connection with the “knockout game,” accusing him of a hate crime for targeting a black man for a vicious street attack.
Most knockout victims that have appeared in news reports have been white, but the Justice Department said in this instance the victim was a 79-year-old black man, and stepped in with federal charges.
“Suspected crimes of this nature will simply not be tolerated,” said Kenneth Magidson, the U.S. attorney for the southern district of Texas. “Evidence of hate crimes will be vigorously investigated and prosecuted with the assistance of all our partners to the fullest extent of the law.”
The Justice Department said it filed a criminal complaint against 27-year-old Conrad Alvin Barrett on Tuesday and arrested him on Thursday.
According to Justice officials, Mr. Barrett recorded himself on his cellphone attacking the 79-year-old man, laughing and saying “Knockout” as he runs away.
The 79-year-old man had his jaw broken in the Nov. 24 attack.
“The plan is to see if I were to hit a black person, would this be nationally televised?” Mr. Barrett says in the video, according to the authorities.
Meanwhile, dozens of black on white “knockout” attacks are completely ignored by this administration.
Wilmington, Del., has a big problem: Large groups of black people are going crazy.
And this collective “mental illness” is causing record levels of crime and gun violence in this mostly black town of 70,000.
That is the official diagnosis of the city council, which, by unanimous agreement earlier this month, asked the Centers for Disease Control to investigate a wave of psychological mayhem that has turned this historic and once-charming city into an unrecognizable husk of its former self.
Chief diagnostician of this crisis in public health is city council member Hanifa G.N. Shabazz:
“There is a well known fact that the African-American community here in the United States of America is still suffering from the traumatic syndrome of slavery,” Shabazz said. “That is compounded with the many effects that are happening in today’s society with our young people and the things they are seeing, and there is definitely a shift of mental capacity of their ability to make good decisions. That results in gun violence.”
Shabazz went on to talk about the “mental illness that our young people are suffering in order for our young people to be able to take life so aimlessly.”
She pointed to the recent movie “12 Years a Slave” to illustrate her diagnosis. In one scene, a slave is hung from a tree with a rope around his neck and must stand on his tip-toes for a long period of time to survive. Many people saw the slave in distress but did not help him.
A Fort Myers, Fla., teen was arrested this week for attacking senior citizens.
Traveshia Blanks is charged with two counts of battery in the seemingly random and senseless attacks, according to WBBH-TV.
One 72-year-old victim told the news station he was weeding his garden Tuesday when he was kicked from behind. The victim fell to the ground and said he saw a woman walking away laughing, joining a group of people.
“I was in shock. Who would expect anything from out of the blue to happen like that. There’s no reason had I done something or said something,” the victim told WBBH.
And it’s likely due to some familiar suspects: From uncertainty in the job market and an economy that continues to sputter to working longer and longer hours — which these days actually amounts to about one month more total work hours annually than the number of hours Americans labored each year during the 1970s…and with less vacation.
So if it seems to you as though Americans are angrier these days, it’s because in many cases, we are, WNYW-TV in New York City reported.
Maybe your reasons aren’t limited to the biggies such as your job (or lack thereof) and financial pressures. Perhaps it’s day-to-day annoyances such as traffic. For one guy on a widely viewed video, he was peeved over a…city street trombone player?
A terrifying new ‘game’ that’s already caused deaths in Syracuse, St. Louis and New Jersey is sweeping the nation, and it preys upon unsuspecting people walking the streets, anywhere.
A recent report from New York-based CBS 2 shed light on the growing trend, displaying unsettling footage of teens participating in this game – which goes by the name ‘Knockout’ – and involves randomly targeting passersby, with the ultimate goal being to knock them out with one punch as they walk by.
One victim shown in the footage was 46-year-old Ralph Santiago of Hoboken, N.J., who was found dead with his neck broken and head lodged between iron fence posts, according to NJ.com.
Video surveillance shows Santiago walking in an alleyway in broad daylight, and just as he’s about to pass a pack of teenagers, one launches the fatal, knockout blow.
An active duty combat veteran is dead, a victim of black mob violence.
The soldier, Tevin A. Geike, had been celebrating his safe return from combat and his imminent release from the military. He was walking to his hotel early Saturday morning near a Seattle area military base where KOMO-TV news picks up the story:
“A group of men in a car drove by and someone inside shouted a racial comment toward the white soldiers, the Lakewood Police Department said.
“‘One of the soldiers yelled back something about the suspects treating combat soldiers with disrespect,” Lt. Chris Lawler said.’
“The vehicle turned around, and five black males got out of the car and confronted the soldiers, according to reports. As the verbal confrontation ensued, the driver of the vehicle realized the men were actually combat veterans and called his friends off.
“While the men headed back to their vehicle, one of the suspects appeared to have bumped into the victim, witnesses say.
“The soldiers saw their friend fall to the ground as the car sped away. The victim was bleeding profusely from a stab wound and died at the scene.”
Police are searching for five black men who fled the scene in a midnight blue BMW-type sedan or VW Jetta-type car with four doors, tinted windows and stock rims and low profile tires, said KOMO.
There are four felony counts of first-degree assault, four felony counts of armed criminal action and two felonies for allegedly firing a gun from a vehicle and hitting people pending against a St. Louis suspect whom police identified as a member of the “Obama Boyz” gang.
Is this related to President Obama’s intervention in the Trayvon Martin case in Florida when he said, “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon?”
Or is there a tie to the recent murder of Australian Chris Lane by black teens? As WND columnist Jack Cashill commented: “The drugs, the racial animosity, the violence, the attachment to the hip hop culture – if Trayvon was the son of Barack Obama, [the suspects] were his brothers. They were on the same track that Trayvon was.”
The facts in the Obama Boyz case are these: Anthony Jamal Lee, then 18, was arrested about a year ago for allegedly firing a gun out of a car and injuring several people. Police, according to local reports, said he was part of the “Obama Boyz” gang but did not elaborate.
St. Louis gang detectives and police officials all declined today to respond to WND requests for comment.
Often, gangs take their names from their neighborhoods, and in East St. Louis, there is a Barack Obama Ave. But the link between the case against Lee and the president is creating a white-hot discussion on the Internet.
According to TheBlackSphere.net: “Can’t blame this one on Bush, who surprisingly doesn’t have any street gangs named after him. Heck, even America’s first black president, Bill Clinton, doesn’t have a street gang named after him. No, that distinction is reserved for the president who has inspired black teens to ‘hope and change.’”
Social networking pages appearing to belong to 15-year-old James Edwards, one of the suspects accused of mercilessly gunning down Australian student Chris Lane “for the fun of it,” reveals a video of Edwards brandishing a gun as well as multiple photos showing piles of cash he claims belong to him.
The other teens, all said to be facing first-degree murder charges, have reportedly been identified as 16-year-old Chancey Luna and 17-year-old Michael Jones.
“B***h we up dem poles, f**k with me,” James can be heard saying in a newly surfaced Vine video, while brandishing a gun.
Oprah Winfrey said the racial circumstances of the George Zimmerman case extend far beyond whether anyone actually used the N-word or not.
“A lot of people, they think if they’re not using the N-word themselves, they actually, physically are not using the N-word themselves and do not have, harbor ill will towards black people, that it’s not racist. But, you know, to me it’s ridiculous to look at that case and not to think that race was involved,” Winfrey said.
She told CNN’s Anderson Cooper in an interview aired Thursday that it’s “not a part” of her to ever use the N-word, though she can “understand why other people do.”
“It’s impossible for me to do it because I know the history, and I know that for so many of my relatives whom I don’t know, whom I don’t know by name, my ancestors — that was the last word they heard as they were being strung up by a tree. The last degradation that they experienced as some harm was caused to them,” Winfrey said. “Out of respect to those who have come before and the price that they paid to rid themselves of being relegated to that word, I just don’t use it.”
She also stood by her comparison of Trayvon Martin to Emmett Till, saying both are symbols of their times.
“The truth of the matter is Emmett Till became a symbol for those times as Trayvon Martin has became a symbol for this time,” Winfrey said. “There are multiple Trayvon Martins whose names never make the newspapers or the headlines…there were multiple Emmett Tills, there were multiple lynchings, there were multiple young black boys…whose names are not remembered and often not even recorded.”