Community leaders in East New York blame lack of jobs for ‘knockout’ game violence

Young people are allegedly participating in a dangerous game of trying to knock out unsuspecting people. (11/27/13)

BROOKLYN - Community leaders in East New York say that jobs are the answer to ending the so-called "knockout" game.

Councilman Charles Barron and other local activists spoke publicly for a second time about a rash of assaults involving young people punching unsuspecting victims. Barron says the root of the problem is that young people need jobs to help keep them out of trouble.

In recent weeks, at least half a dozen people have been randomly assaulted in Brooklyn. Officials say suspects are participating in a dangerous nationwide trend that allegedly involves attempting to knock out victims with a single punch.

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Barron also suggested additional funding to community patrol groups who can act as lookouts and help put an end to the violence.

The most recent attack believed to be connected to the game is the assault of a 41-year-old woman on New Lotts Avenue Tuesday. Police are still investigating a number of other assaults, and have so far made arrests in three cases.

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