Brooklyn Daily Eagle
On Tuesday, District Attorney-Elect Ken Thompson, Borough President-elect Eric Adams, Brooklyn Congresspersons Hakeem Jeffries and Yvette Clarke and others addressed violence related to the “knockout game,” a local and national phenomenon in which unsuspecting strangers are struck on the head and knocked to the ground.
BP-elect Adams said, “This dangerous, despicable 'game’ represents the worst kind of sick violence--and the perpetrators must be dealt with swiftly and harshly. Needless violence can never be tolerated; and violence in the name of hate and entertainment are the worst crimes that can be committed against citizens and society.”
Thompson said, “I’m here, standing with my colleagues in government, a group of African-American and West-Indian American leaders to reach out now, before it’s too late, to any young person, who thinks, for one second, that it’s cool to sucker-punch a totally unsuspecting, defenseless person for laughs or to gain some ridiculous measure of status.”
Congressman Jeffries said, “Random acts of violence, particularly when targeted at people on the basis of race or religion, will not be tolerated. If you violently participate in the knockout game, we will do everything in our power to make sure that the criminal justice system is there to knockout socially unacceptable behavior.”
Congresswoman Clarke said, "The community we share in Brooklyn will not tolerate random acts of violence. Attacks on any people in our community are an attack on our community as a whole.”
According to the New York Police Department, there have been numerous incidents related to the “knockout" game. Several victims have been assaulted in similar fashion in Crown Heights, which has a sizable Jewish population. Over the weekend, authorities arrested and charged Amrit Marajh, 28, with aggravated assault as a hate crime, assault as a hate and assault in the third degree in relation to an attack on a Jewish Brooklyn resident. Last week, a 78 year-old woman was attacked in while walking down the street in Midwood.