White Man Who Savagely Beat Black Man Denied Bail After Hate Crime Charges
The white Texas man facing federal hate crime charges for filming his knockout game attack on an elderly black man will remain in jail until his trial. Conrad Barrett, 27, was denied bail after a U.S. District Court judge in Houston deemed him a flight risk and a danger to the community. Meanwhile, the 79-year-old man he punched in the face is recovering after four days in the hospital and surgery to repair a broken jaw.
“Hate crimes tear at the fabric of entire communities,” said Acting Assistant U.S. Attorney General Jocelyn Samuels in a statement. “The Civil Rights Division will work with our federal and state law enforcement partners to ensure that hate crimes are identified and prosecuted, and that justice is done.”
In the video filmed on his cellphone, Barrett repeatedly used the N-word and said he had found the “perfect African-American suspect.” He also wondered aloud whether his attack would be televised. After punching the elderly man, he can be heard off-camera yelling, “knockout, baby!”
If convicted on the charges against him, Barrett faces 10 years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines. However, Houston criminal defense attorney Sean Buckley believes the evidence against him is so stacked that he’ll receive the full sentence.
“This is something so egregious — from the view that you have an elderly black man seriously injured and another guy actually on tape talking about what he wanted to do, that for federal prosecutors why wouldn’t they get involved?” he said. “This is an opportunity to send a message of deterrence against hate attacks.”
(Photo: Texas Department of Public Safety)