'Knockout' A Dangerous Game for Victims — and Perpetrators — as Incidents Rise

| by Allison Geller

Incidents of the so-called “Knockout” game — also called “Point ’em out, knock ’em out” —  are on the rise in cities across the country. As the game is usually played, African American teens, usually in inner cities, attack unsuspecting white men and women on the street.

An incident in Lansing, Mich., in August drew attention when the victim of one such attack literally shot back. A stun-gun bearing Marvell Weaver, 17, approached a man who was waiting to pick up his daughter from school. What he didn’t know was that the man had a concealed pistol. The man shot Weaver twice.

Weaver went to the hospital with non-lethal injuries, and was then imprisoned for felony assault with a stun gun. His plea bargain conference is set for next month.

Weaver wrote a letter of apology to the victim.

“I don’t blame you for what you did,” he wrote. “You were only trying to protect yourself. I only wish I could go back to change it to were (sic) I never did it.”

WND just published a story detailing the rising incidents of Knockout, prefaced by an Editor’s Note that the journalist, Colin Flaherty, has done more reporting than any other on the trend, probably due to media’s reluctance to publish stories that could be construed as racist.

“WND considers it racist not to report racial abuse solely because of the skin color of the perpetrators or victims,” it concluded.

In St. Louis earlier this year, an attacker was sentenced to life after killing a 72-year-old Vietnamese immigrant. In Alabama, four college football players were expelled after three admitted to playing the game twice. In Syracuse, a man was killed during Knockout, when a mob kicked out his eye. In Pittsburgh last year, a video captured several people punching a teacher in the face.

More accounts and videos are accumulating, including testimony of an incident similar to the one in Lansing. During that attack, which occurred in Meriden, Conn., the victim actually killed the attacker and wounded another.

Flaherty points out that the victims can be white, Asian, male, female or homosexual, and that all of the attackers are black.

CBS Atlanta also reported on the troubling trend.

Said psychologist Troy Melendez, who works with teens and adolescents: “They’re not tying to show their courage, they’re trying to show their strength. ‘Watch what I can do, watch what level of damage I can inflict.’”

He said that young men consider this type of violence a rite of passage.

“They’re now an adult — a man — someone to be reckoned with, someone to be afraid of and I think our society holds that up as valuable.”

Sources: MLive, CBS Atlanta, WND