Houston, TX – A man has been charged with a hate crime after he decided to play the “knockout game” and punched an elderly black man in the face because of his race.
Conrad Alvin Barrett, 27, has been charged with a federal hate crime after he filmed himself punching the 79-year-old man on November 24. Barrett recorded the assault on his cell phone and later bragged about it. The victim ended up in the hospital for four days were he was treated for a fractured jaw and some missing teeth.
Barrett was caught after he walked up to a random couple inside a restaurant and asked them if they’d ever heard of the knockout game. He went on to say that he’d played the game that very day and showed them the video on his cell phone of him attacking the elderly man.
In the video, Barrett walks up to the victim asking him, “How is it going, man?” before sucker punching him in the face. The man immediately falls to the concrete while Barrett laughs, says “knockout,” then jumps into his car and drives away.
What Barrett didn’t know was that the man he just showed the video to was an off-duty arson investigator and peace officer for City of Katy. The couple walked out of the restaurant and flagged-down a uniformed officer to report what had just happened. When Barrett left the restaurant, the officer stopped him and asked to see the video he’d shown the couple.
Barrett showed the officer a video, but it was not the one of him assaulting the elderly man. The officer confiscated the phone and explained to Barrett that he’d just confessed to a crime to an off-duty peace officer and that the phone contained evidence of the crime. Barrett wisely left the area.
A search warrant was obtained to search Barrett’s phone, and eventually the video of him assaulting the victim was retrieved – along with some other incriminating videos that led to him being charged with a hate crime.
Along with him recording himself using the word “nigger” while stating African Americans have not “fully experienced the blessings of evolution,” Barrett goes on to explain he was specifically looking for a black victim to see “if I were to hit a black person, would this be nationally televised?’
Yeah, that’s not good for Barrett. If he’s convicted of the felony charge, he’s looking at 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Mr. Barrett’s attorney told CNN that his client is on medication to treat bipolar disorder and that he “is very sorry” for the victim.
This marks the first time the Department of Justice has gotten involved in a “knockout game” case since its recent popularity, fueled along by the media reporting it as a “horrific trend that’s been sweeping the country“. You know, like they did with flash mob robberies, the other horrific trend that was sweeping the country a few years ago.
I’m pretty sure we will get some comments about how it’s not fair that this idiot is charged with a hate crime while other incidents of black males punching white people were not. I’d like to point out to those people that, as far as I know, there’s no proof that the victims in those other cases were singled out because of their race.