Brooklyn residents and community leaders Friday rally for end to 'Knockout' assaults, Al Sharpton rep says social media should stop posting related videos
knockout game,” a violent trend in which youths sucker-punch unsuspecting strangers for kicks.
Community leaders and local residents held a rally in East New York Friday in hopes of bringing an end to the assaults.
“We are stressed out, but we refuse to be knocked out in our community,” said Leticia Smith of the Brown Memorial Baptist Church. “We are asking our mothers to make a recommitment to pay more attention to our children.”
Several attacks have taken place in recent weeks in Brooklyn. The victims include a 78-year-old grandmother and a 12-year-old boy.
Earlier this week, Mira Harpazi, 72, was walking two blocks from her home at the Starret City housing complex in Brooklyn when she was punched in the face by a man in his 20s.
Like other alleged “knockout” victims, she was not robbed, but left on the street injured.
Online videos from various cities show young suspects randomly punching innocent victims.
Community activist Tony Herbert from the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network said they are calling on social media companies and their advertisers to stop showing images of these attacks.
“The one thing we do denounce is the opportunity of folks to use social media like World Star Hip Hop and YouTube to proliferate this kind of stupidity,” Herbert said." image by WCBS radio 880, Miller, via Drudge
11/29/12, "Elderly woman could be city’s 10th ‘knockout game’ victim," NY Daily News, Aaron Short, Barry Paddock
"Yvonne Small, 76, fell to the ground after being punched by her assailant on Alabama Ave. and Wortman Ave. in East New York about 11:35 a.m."
11/29/13, "Knockout game: Teens in Florida kick 72-year-old man to the ground while he was picking weeds," American Live Wire, Carl Jackers
"A dangerous game known as the “Knockout game“, has now made it’s way down to Fort Meyers, Florida. Where a 15-year-old girl named Traveshia Blanks, has attacked more than just one elderly person.
Traveshia Blanks, of Fort Myers, has been charged with two counts of battery on a person 65 years of age or older. Another victim, a 72-year-old man told the news station he was weeding his garden Tuesday when he was kicked from behind. The victim fell to the ground and said he saw a woman walking away laughing, joining a group of people.
According to NBC-2, Harry Hurvitz, 89, told deputies that someone rang his doorbell, and he looked and saw several well-dressed teens standing outside his door and one of them appeared to be holding a cell phone or camera.
When he opened the door, one of the juveniles suddenly and without provocation slapped him in the face.
“I stepped out to see what she was pointing to and there was another girl standing here and wammmmmm,” explained Hurvitz.
Harry said he does not want to press charges but believes the girls need help. Pointing out that some elderly people only answer the door with a loaded weapon. Pointing out that it could be a deadly game of knockout if teens continue to play this game against the elderly." (video at link)
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