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Baltimore mayor condemns ‘knockout’ attacks after 2 people hurt

- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 26, 2014

The mayor of Baltimore has condemned the recent "knockout game" attacks in the city that have left several people injured.

The "knockout game" is a crime sweeping the country among inner-city youths, in which a single blow is delivered to an unsuspecting victim. Many times the attack is recorded so the videos can be posted online.

Police believe a Texas man who was staying at the Baltimore Harbor Hotel on Friday night was a victim of the game, when a group of about 20 kids on bicycles hit him in the back of the head, a local Fox affiliate reported.

The same scenario happened that night as a Mount Vernon man and his brother were walking on West Oliver Street. A 16-year-old suspect, who was known for those types of attacks, was arrested.

"They don't understand the consequences," Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Wednesday, CBS's Baltimore affiliate reported.

"If you knock someone out, you could think its a joke and you'll hurt somebody — that person could die. And then your life is ruined for some stupidity that you and your friends think is fun. It's just not worth it," she said.

She also called on parents and adults in the city to step up in helping prevent these crimes by being more involved in the lives of children who may be roaming the streets, the station reported.

Similar attacks have caused deaths in New York, New Jersey and Missouri.

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