A disabled army veteran from Ohio has become the latest victim in the ongoing series of knockout game attack happening across the country. The latest incident took place on a bus in Cleveland, when Matthew Robertson said he was attacked by a group of six to eight black teenagers. As the teens beat him up while yelling racial slurs, one of them recorded the entire attack on their phone.
“The whole time I’m just thinking, you know, to protect myself, and don’t let anybody get behind you,” said Robertson, who is now attending college. “Nobody stepped in … it was a shame. No one should have to deal with that type of racism and ridicule.”
As police arrived on the scene, three of the suspects were identified and arrested. Their names have not been revealed, but they have been identified as an 18-year-old and 19-year-old male, as well as a 16-year-old female who recorded the attack. They will definitely face assault charges, but it’s still unclear whether the minor will be charged as an adult or whether they will be charged with hate crimes. Police are still looking for the other suspects.
“I think there should be jail time for assaults,” said Robertson. Whose to say that your mother or your sister couldn’t be on the bus and the same thing happens to them?”
Last week, a man from San Antonio had his face disfigured in an eight-on-one knockout attack that was also racially charged. The suspects, all of whom are still on the loose, shouted “get that white boy” as they repeatedly stomped Cody Robinson outside of a bar.
“It’s like they wanted more then my wallet and my phone. I think they had originally planned on knocking me out cold in the first hit, throwing me in their SUV and taking me to my house to rob it,” he later told reporters. “It’s the only logical reason I can think of that they wanted me completely knocked out, besides that they were playing that game.”