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'Knockout' Assault Results in Hate Crime Charges

'Knockout' Assault Results in Hate Crime Charges
Posted Friday, December 27th 2013 @ 9am  by John Johnson, Newser Staff

(NEWSER– Conrad Barrett wanted to get national exposure for taking part in the "knockout game," say prosecutors. The 27-year-old from Katy, Texas, succeeded in that much at least, as authorities have charged him with a federal hate crime, reports KHOU. Barrett, who is white, punched a 79-year-old black man in the jaw so hard that the man suffered two fractures and spent several days in the hospital, alleges the Justice Department. Prosecutors say Barrett recorded the assault on video, and the footage shows him laughing after the punch, saying "knockout," and running to his car, reports the LA Times.

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