Texan charged with hate crime for 'knockout game' hit denied bail
Knockout game scandal
In Texas a white male is accused of sucker-punching a 79-year old man over racial dispute. Barrett is the man accused of preforming the hate crime and is seen as a flight risk and a danger to his community. When Barrett supposedly preformed the crime he recorded the entire event plus multiple other videos making derogatory comments about African Americans on his cell phone. This case has also made big because of how much hate crimes can tear apart a community. These types of hate crimes called “knockout” are nothing new but are starting to get dangerously popular. This specific case though is being accused of violating the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. hate crimes prevention act. With the “knockout” game becoming more and more popular many other cases is appearing with other racial disputes including Jewish and African Americans. More than often though police don’t get involved with these cases. The lawyers want this case to be a message to the judicial system to do something about hate crimes. When Barrett’s case was discovered by the police he was showed an off duty arson investigator the video he filmed to brag. The investigator then identified the police and they got a warrant on barrettes cell phone. While searching his phone tell found several videos of him making racial slurs and in one specifically questioned the publicity given to hate crimes. Barrett’s lawyers then goes into defend his client with stating that Barrett has a bipolar disorder and his state of mind explains his actions. The new fad of hate crime including the “knockout “ game is now extremely popular in many major cities, some states have even take a step to create an act to prevent it.
Reaction :It’s disgusting that hate crimes are still a problem. Yes, Barrett’s motives are completely and utterly wrong but his one statement “The plan is to see if I were to hit a black person,...