The “Knockout Game” is the latest, most alarming trend to hit New York City and other cities throughout the United States. It consists, essentially, of young individuals sucker-punching other random individuals with the intent of knocking them unconscious on the street. NYPD recently made an arrest that they believed to be linked to the Knockout Game.
Law enforcement officials arrested a 13-year-old boy for his alleged attack on a 12-year-old boy, according to New York’s CBS Local. The incident, which took place in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, resulted in charges of third-degree assault and aggravated harassment for the 13-year-old, who was ultimately released back to his mother’s custody.
The 12-year-old victim wished to remain anonymous, but he claimed that this incident could have been avoided with closer dedication to religion.
“I think this could have all been prevented. The boys and teens would know that there’s always a God watching them, and they wouldn’t only be afraid of the police.”
The boy, a local yeshiva student, claimed that he reported the incident because he was seeking an apology, not because he wanted the police to make an arrest.
Although the “Knockout Game” has made media headlines throughout recent weeks, a new article in USA Today suggests that the incidents may be isolated assaults rather than an overarching game being played by the youth.
“We’re trying to determine whether or not this is a real phenomenon. I mean, yes, something like this can happen. But we would like to have people come forward and give us any information they have,” New York police commissioner Raymond Kelly said to the New York Times.
The likely truth is that the prevalence of random assaults in the news is some combination of media embellishment and reckless youth. Children have been punching each other for centuries, and a phenomenon is more likely to continue occurring if it’s regularly covered by the media. Still, if the New York Police Department can take logical steps to decrease the amount of seemingly randomized violence on the streets, they should continue investigating whether the “Knockout Game” is something that truly exists.