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Texan accused of filming ‘knockout game’ charged with hate crime

Published time: December 27, 2013 20:48
Conrad Alvin Barrett

Conrad Alvin Barrett

A Katy, Texas man accused of assaulting a 79-year-old African American man in a “knockout game” attack has been charged with a federal hate crime.

According to federal investigators, 27-year-old Conrad Alvin Barrett targeted the unidentified elderly man because of his race, a violation of Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. He allegedly wanted to see if physically striking an African American would make national news.

The incident reportedly occurred on November 24, when Barrett recorded himself performing the assault – an attempt to knock a person unconscious with a single blow – and began showing it off to others. One of the individuals he allegedly showed the video to was an off-duty investigator, who ultimately informed a police officer of the situation.

Prosecutors claim the video portrays Barrett walking up to the elderly man, striking him in the jaw, laughing, and saying, “Knockout” before making his escape. Investigators add that although Barrett’s face was never shown in the footage, they were able to match his voice to the one in the video.

The victim suffered two jaw fractures and was hospitalized for more than four days, according to KTRK TV.

Other videos also found on Barrett’s phone reportedly show the young man making derogatory statements towards African Americans, including that they "haven't fully experienced the blessing of evolution."

“Hate crimes tear at the fabric of entire communities,” Acting Assistant Attorney General Jocelyn Samuels of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division said to the Huffington Post. “As always, the Civil Rights Division will work with our federal and state law enforcement partners to ensure that hate crimes are identified and prosecuted, and that justice is done.”

Barrett’s attorney, George Parnham, defended his client by saying he suffers from bipolar disorder, which he treats with medication.

“When you start peeling back the layers of the onion and look at the mindset behind the action you soon realize there’s a mental issue,” Parnham told CBS News.

If convicted, Barrett faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Comments (50)

 

mergon 07.01.2014 15:13

OK we class these attacks as hate crimes mr president we dont want the world to think that America is full of mindless teenage thugs roaming the streets looking for any soft targets to cripple !

 

Matthew Monarrez 29.12.2013 14:50

Darryl Hetherington 29.12.2013 12:06

America's new hobby...Showing what heroes the youth of America has become. TV & Video games dumb them down and the experts call it "crimes of boredom" Labor camps cure boredom ...

  


Im sorry, but this is one of the most ignorant comments i have heard. You blatently insult us as if every person our age does this? games dumb us down things like this. Think for a while before you decide to post something. Personally I feel kids that do this are pretty shortsighted and there parents didnt teach them anything so dont go pointing at us like we all do it.

 

Darryl Hetherington 29.12.2013 12:06

America's new hobby...Showing what heroes the youth of America has become. TV & Video games dumb them down and the experts call it "crimes of boredom" Labor camps cure boredom ...

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