The New York Criminal Law Blog

December 2013 Archives

The Knockout Game: Fact or Fiction?

Is the Knockout Game real? After several reports of various attacks possibly being a part of an organized "game" online where teenagers randomly assaulted innocent victims, New York police officials still remain somewhat skeptical, The New York Times reports. However, they are also hesitant to rule out the possibility.

"The Knockout Game" is a theory that young assailants, singling out specific racial groups or minorities like those in Jewish community and women, are randomly targeting those victims in the street and then attempting to knock them out with just one punch.

Is this a real phenomenon or are the reported attacks all unrelated?