A Jewish group in New York City is requesting that participants involved in current cases of the “knockout game” be taken into custody, and is offering a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of people who play the game.
The Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, a group that coordinates activities among numerous Jewish organizations in the city, is willing to pay a bounty of $5,000 to anybody who can help local police stop the spread of assaults, which have made headlines across the country recently.
The game, which consists of attacking innocent bystanders and trying to knock them out with a single punch, has been reported in different cities like New York -- where most of the victims have been Jewish.
The group is now “offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators of ‘knockout’ attacks,” David Pollock, Director of Government Relations & Security at the JCRC, told The Jerusalem Post.
The organization has reached out to the New York Police Department, which has also increased patrols in neighborhoods where assaults have been reported.
“The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is also addressing school students in Brooklyn neighborhoods that hate crimes are not a joke that perpetrators of hate crimes could end up ruining their lives,” Pollock said.
Eli Leidner, a 26-year-old hasidic man, was walking in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood when a woman hit him for no reason.
“Two people came at me and the woman hit the front of my face like this. They just laughed afterwards and ran away, they didn’t say any words,” Leidner told the Daily Mail after the attack.
According to RT.com, officials in Brooklyn, N.Y., announced earlier this week that they would give a separate award of $1,500 for any information on those involved in the knockout game. In addition, Brooklyn Councilman David Greenfield says that the NYPD is planning to install new security cameras in his borough to better prevent crime.