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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