Possible ‘knockout’ game victim: ‘The whole group of kids laughed’

WASHINGTON — Phoebe Connolly, a possible victim of game where teenagers appear to sucker-punch strangers, is encouraging people to think critically about how such attacks can be stopped.

Connolly was biking in the Columbia Heights area of Washington this month when she was struck. She had passed through a group of teenagers, she said, when one of them “reached out and punched me in the face.”

“The whole group of kids laughed,” Connolly told CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360″ on Tuesday night.

She was not seriously injured.

Though Connolly had never heard of the “knockout game” before the November 15 attack, she may be a victim of it.

And she’s not the only one.

Another woman was attacked in the same area one day earlier. She, too, sustained minor injuries and was not knocked out, according to Washington police.

A police spokeswoman said authorities are investigating the two attacks as simple assaults.

“The reason that I called the police was because my understanding of teenagers is they just don’t always think about the ramifications of their actions, how they can hurt people, how they can cause problems for the rest of their lives,” said Connolly, who works on youth programs.

She found fault with the popularity of so-called “knockout” videos.

“Instead of constantly replaying them on media, or on YouTube, or whatever it is, you know I really feel like that’s just creating more of a culture of fear and polarization — instead of actually spending time thinking about why it is that people are choosing to do this and how can it be stopped and prevented,” she said.

Authorities have reported similar incidents in New Jersey, New York, Illinois and Missouri.

One of the latest attacks happened in New York, according to Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. A woman in her 70s was punched in the face by a man with whom she had no known previous contact or connection. She was treated and released from the hospital.

Authorities are working to determine whether she is a “knockout” victim, Kelly said.

Despite the recent assaults, police in New York say they haven’t yet seen evidence of a trend, though they are not ruling out the idea.

“The press has named it the so-called knockout game. We don’t discount that that exists. It’s a possibility. We’ve investigated and will continue to investigate,” Kelly told reporters Tuesday.

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12 comments

  • boldaq

    Good God! Is the media totally blind or do they think we are? These aren’t just some mischievous “teenagers” acting out. These are gangs of black cowards brutally attacking single whites! It’s RACISM OF THE WORST KIND! They’re retaliating because they didn’t like the Travon verdict. By not naming it for what it is, the median is partly responsible!

  • Brett Gimer

    Where are the cries of “justice for the victims” from the likes of Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and our president?

  • boldaq

    Kelly, Steve, where have you been? The “knockout game” is all over youtube. See for yourself if it’s not racist. Some of the perpetrators have admitted they were getting payback for Travon.

  • John

    Playing the race card? OK how about we stick just to pure facts.

    The assailants have all been black.

    Victims have been white, Jewish, or hispanic.

    Those are the facts.

  • CC

    So, I’m prepared if they come my way. Everyone is just gonna have to pay extra special attention to their surroundings. So much for just a stroll in the park.

  • SloCatch

    If you are suckerpunched and have just hit the ground hard, that makes for two tramas. What type of gun do you use as a concealed weapon? You would be very lucky to get a shot off much less be accurate. The one that comes to mind is the Judge. It weighs 6 pounds, I doubt if you are carring a 6 pound gun as a concealed weapon. Just curious, what are you carring?

  • boldaq

    I carry two high powered shotguns called a left hook and a straight right. Plus, I would never turn by back on a gang of blacks if I was alone. These cowards think nothing of ganging up on one white person. I don’t have to tell you what the lame stream outcry would be if gangs of whites attacked a black person.

  • Tom Sanders

    That’s great…!! it’s actually what you voted for…the corrupt culture ,corrupt government and a corrupt media….hopefully you lost a few teeth….just keep agreeing with a P.C. culture.

  • Jessamyne

    Conceal & Carry. Bet this game stops real quick if more people took the time to legally arm themselves and a few judges ruling that firing said weapon was an act of self defense.

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