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White Texas Man Accused of Brutal Assault on Elderly Black Man in Recorded ‘Knockout Game’

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It’s a disturbing game – abruptly punch a stranger in the face in an attempt to knock him out with a single blow.

A white Texas man is accused of doing exactly that, knocking a 79-year-old black man to the concrete, breaking his jaw and sending him to the hospital for several days, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Authorities said the suspect, Conrad Alvin Barrett, recorded the attack, laughed and said “knockout” before fleeing.

“Suspected crimes of this nature will simply not be tolerated,” U.S. Atty. Kenneth Magidson of the Southern District of Texas said in a statement as he announced the charges against Barrett. “Evidence of hate crimes will be vigorously investigated and prosecuted with the assistance of all our partners to the fullest extent of the law.”

Authorities said the “knockout game” is a disturbing trend that is often racially motivated.

Barrett is charged with violating the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.

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