NY Dems condemn 'knockout game'

Reps. Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesDem lawmaker honors 'top 10 female MC hip-hop collaborations' for Women's History Month CNN's Bakari Sellers: Democratic leadership is 'old and stale' Court grapples with warrant powers for emails stored overseas MORE (D-N.Y.) and Yvette ClarkeYvette Diane ClarkeWith cries of 'racist' and 'Nazi,' Democrats betray our history Apple tells senator it may give rebates to consumers who bought iPhone batteries Democrat invites detained immigrant rights activist's wife to Trump State of the Union address MORE (D-N.Y.) on Monday joined other black leaders from Brooklyn, New York, to call for an end to the "knockout game," which involves attempts to knockout strangers on the street with a single punch.

Several incidents of the knockout game have been reported in Brooklyn, but also in Washington, D.C., Illinois and Missouri. Video and other reporting of these events indicate the "game" is played mostly by black teens, and many assaults have been against Jewish victims.

Both Jeffries and Clarke said Brooklyn would not tolerate these random acts of violence.

"If you violently participate in the knockout game, we will do everything possible to ensure that the criminal justice system knocks out this socially unacceptable behavior," he said Monday. "We have worked too hard in the Crown Heights community to strengthen the relationship between blacks and Jews here in this neighborhood to allow random acts of thuggery to undermine what we've done."

"The community we share in Brooklyn will not tolerate random acts of violence," Clarke said in a press release. "Attacks on any people in our community are an attack on our community as a whole. With the leadership of this community and the New York City Police Department, we will stop the violence that threatens our safety."

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