Although the majority of the reported “knockout” games across the country have involved black-on-white or black-on-black crime, a white man is reportedly just the second person to be charged with a hate crime in these attacks. Conrad Alvin Barrett, 27, was arrested after attacking a 79-year-old black man in Texas and was charged with a hate crime by the U.S. justice department.
Barrett recorded the attack himself and said “the plan is to see if I were to hit a black person, would this be nationally televised?” Although the attack was abhorrent and clearly racially motivated, it has raised eyebrows because many of the knockout game attacks were also racially motivated and did not receive hate crime charges.
“Suspected crimes of this nature will simply not be tolerated,” said Kathleen Madigan, U.S. Attorney for the southern district of Texas. “Evidence of hate crimes will be vigorously investigated and prosecuted with the assistance of all our partners to the fullest extent of the law.” The other person to be charged with a hate crime for a knockout game attack, Amrit Marajh of NYC, reportedly beat up his victim because the man was Jewish.
Some potential knockout victims have managed to fight back, though. A viral video from earlier this month showed a man sucker-punching a woman in Las Vegas. She then pulled him to the floor and began beating him with a flurry of punches. Once the woman’s boyfriend realized the teenager tried to hit his girlfriend, he then punches him as well and yelled, “You just hit a girl?!” The end of the video shows the teenager on the ground in the fetal position, writhing in pain.