As a rally against the troubling “knockout” game was wrapping up in the area, an elderly woman became the latest victim when she was hit on Friday.
Yvonne Small, who is 76 years old, was punched in the back of the head and could be the 10th victim of “knockout” in New York City.
The attack on Small happened in East New York, according to the New York Daily News, which also reported that she was treated at Brookdale University Hospital and was discharged. Her attacker was being sought by police.
The New York Post notes that the attack on Small happened shortly after activists for the National Action Network rallied nearby to call on social media sites, such as WorldstarHipHop and Google-owned YouTube to not air violent videos.
The game has been fueled by social media, with the assailants boasting of their attacks online and posting Internet videos of the assaults.
“We will be talking to the advertisers of those networks to make sure that they understand if they don’t take action, we will take action,” Tony Herbert, president of the group’s East Brooklyn chapter, said.
Many of the attacks in New York City have taken place in Brooklyn and among those who have been victims are a 78-year-old Midwood woman and an Orthodox Jew from Crown Heights who might have also been a target of a racially biased crime. Deaths have been reported due to “knockout” in New Jersey, St. Louis and Syracuse, N.Y.