Don't Believe the Hype: There is No "Knockout" Trend, NYPD Says

NYPD: Videos of knockouts circulating online did not originate in New York.

On Wednesday, Ray Kelly told reporters the NYPD had assigned extra officers to Brooklyn's Crown Heights neighborhood after at least seven attacks were reported, each fitting a similar profile. A single victim, targeted by a larger group, punched or smacked in the head. The victims who have reported the crimes are mostly white and Jewish. The suspects are all black teens.

Today, the NYPD is saying the media has manufactured a trend where there is none.

On Tuesday, the New York Post published an inflammatory editorial by Thomas Sowell, a senior fellow at Stanford University's conservative think tank the Hoover Institution.

Sowell writes, "[A]uthorities in New York seem to have been caught by surprise, even though this knockout game has been played for years by young black gangs in other cities and other states, against people besides Jews -- the victims being either whites in general or people of Asian ancestry."

The problem, he concludes, is that the mainstream media has suppressed the story.

"Sometimes, the attacks are reported, but only as isolated attacks by unspecified 'teens' or 'young people' against unspecified victims, without any reference to the racial makeup of the attackers or the victims -- and with no mention of racial epithets by the young hoodlums exulting in their own 'achievement.'"

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add1dda
add1dda

Talk about strange bedfellows! Erstwhile enemies, the NYPD and VV, are both lying about racist, black sucker punch attacks on whites and Asians. And the cops and the media are both playing word games with the word “trend.” Who’d’athunk it? Actually, I’ve been reporting on black staredowns/sucker punch attacks since circa 1992, and this sort of media-law enforcement deception since at least 1996.

“On Tuesday, the New York Post published an inflammatory editorial by Thomas Sowell…”

 How was it inflammatory? The truth is not inflammatory; it simply is. On the other hand, racially demagogic lies are extremely inflammatory.

 “The same talking points were regurgitated verbatim on Hannity that day.”

 Again, they weren’t talking points, they were truths. You’re not going to get this toothpaste back in the tube, no matter how loudly and long you scream your lies.

Nicholas Stix, Uncensored

rickcain2320
rickcain2320

Redefine the crime using new parameters, bingo no more crime!

suzinnebarrett
suzinnebarrett

Maybe posting this video is only adding to the problem?  It's a payoff for the person doing this that it's being publicized.  What a cowardly thing to do, really.  

Joseph
Joseph

Please, this is symptomatic of the rampant racism in large parts of the black community.

Jen Convery
Jen Convery

yes linda-orthodox jews in crown heights.

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fortheloveof
fortheloveof

Stop the video NOW! You are perpetuating a cycle of fear. It's horrible what has happened to these innocent people. Why not show a picture of what that person's face looked liked the next day. Show the results, don't try to create a new fad of violence.

Jen Convery
Jen Convery

all the attacks on Jews by black teenagers in crown heights

CHvoices
CHvoices

I find this article frustrating. 

First off: please don't turn acts of violence into fun little repeating gifs.  I would expect that from some blogs maybe, but not the village voice. 

Second: When this article showed up in my Facebook feed titled "Don't believe the hype", using a misleading NYPD quote, it seemed to negate that any attacks have been happening at all.  A better headline would be: attacks are only concentrated in orthodox community, NYPD says.  Or something to that effect.  Just because it's not happening to hipsters and yuppies, doesn't mean nothing's happening.  

Third: If you watch the CBS reports, it's perfectly clear the video examples are mostly not from New York.  So the problem is more that blogs like gothamist and gawker are juxtaposing the crown heights security cam footage with that CBS report, and people are getting freaked out.  I get that you want to let people know that if they're not jewish, they might not be targeted in New York, but that doesn't mean you should totally ignore the problem that is happening here.  Which is theoretically included in the village voice's beat.  

Fourth: This post really does nothing to clarify the glaring discrepancy between the first two paragraphs.  It doesn't seem to even acknowledge that there is a confusing discrepancy between the first two graphs

One way to address this would have been to make this article about how various blogs might be conflating two unrelated phenomenons: the "knockout" attacks, and a series of racially motivated attacks in crown heights.   But right now the article reads more like it's negating the attacks on jews.  Like more of a general "hey everyone! That thing you heard was happening?  It's not happening!"  Or worse "it's only happening to jews in crown heights, so there's no point in addressing it as an issue."

Just really confusing, misleading, and annoying.  Village Voice, please step up your game.

Genaro Lucero
Genaro Lucero

This is just sick, where's Charles Bronson ???

Bob Maguire
Bob Maguire

There will be if the press keep playing it up.

John Maida
John Maida

Suuure, NYPD is renowned for its integrity and veracity regarding crime statistics...

Mark Hardison
Mark Hardison

Let's call it deadly assault. And stop showing the crime itself. Show the people who've been gravely injured by these assholes.

gold
gold

This is nothing new. It wasn't called knockout back when I used the subway for school, but it went on in the subway and on the buses.  ANy seats by the rear door exit on buses were fair game for punks, and the subway pulling out from a station sometimes had a fist reaching out the window or from between the cars. As for the NYPD, these attacks never existed back then and don't exist today.  If it did the stats would change and the NYPD runs on stats, right? It isn't happening in Phila or DC, either.  There are no flash mobs in Chi and Phila and Prospect Park has no crime anymore.  Check your six, people.  And vote socialist every chance you get - remember, Harvard loves you; they'll take care of you. Really.

TessaStuart
TessaStuart

@CHvoices The NYPD quote germane to the headline is: "We have not seen such a trend in New York City"

CHvoices
CHvoices

@TessaStuart @CHvoices 

Well in this rare case, I think the public would have been better served by getting the full story from the press conference, not from this series of posts, tweets, etc. 

CHvoices
CHvoices

@TessaStuart 

Again, you're distorting and inflating a very simple quote.   I didn't say "most useful information comes from press conferences" ha.  I mean that's really a total misrepresentation.  Here's your J-school assignment: take another look at my comment and see if you can catch the full meaning and nuance without totally misrepresenting my words.   

There's a similar nuance lesson to be taken from the NYPD statements, something to the effect of: while there's no need for hysteria around the "knockout" videos you're seeing, there are some very troubling crimes happening in concentrated areas.   

Without nuance, you're just adding confusion to hysteria.   Good luck. 


TessaStuart
TessaStuart

@CHvoices I'm not sure which tweets you are referring to (as there are none in this post), but I disagree with your assertion that most useful information comes from press conferences (where reporters can get, at best, one question in with no follow-up), rather than an actual conversation. What the NYPD officer I spoke to today explained is that the reporters who were at the press conference ran with the wrong conclusions based on a few out-of-context answers. This post aimed to clear some of that up, instead of repeating the same, inaccurate narrative. 

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