Police have arrested four minors in what the NYPD considers a string of alleged “knockout game” attacks in Brooklyn.
DNAinfo reports that a 14-year-old girl, and three other kids, ages 10 and 11, have been arrested between Nov. 13 and Nov. 23 in connection with three assaults that took place in October and November.
The victims were three Jewish children: an 11-year-old boy who was punched, one who was hit with a rock while walking home from school and another who was “mushed” in the face with a plastic bag, said Deputy Inspector George Fitzgibbon.
"Kids are kids — when you’re talking 10 and 11 year olds getting involved in these type of things, sometimes they don’t realize the magnitude of what they’re doing," he adds.
The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force investigated, and determined that the assaults were not biased attacks.
The youths arrested are facing assault, endangerment and criminal mischief, Fitzgibbon said. Their names have not been released by police because of their ages. The 14-year-old girl is in the process of going through the Family Court system, DNAinfo notes.
Police continue their investigation of a number of other potential knockout game incidents, in which strangers attack bystanders but do not attempt to rob them.
According to JTA.org, while the game has been reported throughout the country and victims have come from different backgrounds, the majority of victims in New York City have been identifiably Jewish.