Adams, Thompson, Jeffries slam violent ‘knockout game’
On Tuesday, District Attorney-Elect Ken Thompson, Borough President-elect Eric Adams, Brooklyn Congresspersons Hakeem Jeffries and Yvette Clarke and others addressed violence related to the “knockout game,” a local and national phenomenon in which unsuspecting strangers are struck on the head and knocked to the ground.
BP-elect Adams said, “This dangerous, despicable ‘game’ represents the worst kind of sick violence–and the perpetrators must be dealt with swiftly and harshly. Needless violence can never be tolerated; and violence in the name of hate and entertainment are the worst crimes that can be committed against citizens and society.”
Thompson said, “I’m here, standing with my colleagues in government, a group of African-American and West-Indian American leaders to reach out now, before it’s too late, to any young person, who thinks, for one second, that it’s cool to sucker-punch a totally unsuspecting, defenseless person for laughs or to gain some ridiculous measure of status.”
Congressman Jeffries said, “Random acts of violence, particularly when targeted at people on the basis of race or religion, will not be tolerated. If you violently participate in the knockout game, we will do everything in our power to make sure that the criminal justice system is there to knockout socially unacceptable behavior.”