Former NYPD Detective On Knockout Game: Not Every Black Kid Is Doing This
The Knockout Game has been around for years but it is only recent that it’s getting more media attention. There is much debate about which crimes should be categorized in this so called Knockout Game and who were mostly responsible for these crimes. Former NYPD detective, Harry Houck, joins CNN to share his thoughts and to offer suggestions on how to avoid being a victim.”
The crime has led to some arrest and four deaths so far. Pamela Brown reports that the trend has occurred in about six states and Washington D.C. She points out the difficulty of determining how widespread these cases are because most have been filed under the assault category. Unless the suspect confesses to it, it is difficult to tie it to the Knockout Game.
CNN Anchor Kate Bolduan asked Houck if the phenomenon was a growing trend or whether it is urban myths.
Houck replied, “The whole country knows about the Knockout Game pretty much, so this is definitely a trend. This is no urban myths, urban myths don’t exist.”
Co-host Michaela Pereira jumped in to voice her concern that more life will be given to these trends if the media focuses more on it. Houck replied, “No, I think that we have to let the public know what is going on to protect themselves. He added, “No matter how politically incorrect it may be, it’s our job to make sure people are aware of what’s going on out on the streets and learn how to protect themselves.”
Co-host Chris Cuomo suggests that cops don’t want to attach incidents to the Knockout Game to avoid glorifying the activity. With political correctness as the point, Cuomo asked Houck what the police needs to do to stop these incidents.
“Stopping the incidents are going to be very hard to do. There is no way we can find out if an incident is going to occur tomorrow or the day after because these are random attacks on the streets with groups of black youths,” said Houck. He continued, “I’m asking people who I run into every day, what are you doing to protect yourself on the streets? They are basically saying if they see a group of black youths, they cross the street.”
Pereira jump in to say that she is concerned because she doesn’t believe that black kids should be made to feel that they are a threat simply because they are hanging out with their friends.
Responding to that, Houck said, “There is a concern there, not every black kid is doing this. It’s very few, but if you are the victim, if you are a potential victim and you are afraid walking down the street and you see a group of black youths, everybody I am talking to says they are crossing the street, they getting away from them.” He also added, “It’s something to concern yeah, because the good Black kids are going to say, why you crossing the streets when I come walking by.”