The knockout game is not just for black teens anymore. According to ABC-13, “Conrad Alvin Barrett, 27, was arrested Thursday and appeared in federal court. According to investigators, Barrett attacked the victim because of his race.”
The attack happened in late November and the arrest was finally made yesterday. Barrett incriminated himself, unknowingly, when he showed the video of the attack to an off-duty arson investigator. The Smoking Gun reports:
Barrett’s phone, which was seized by police after the tip from the arson investigator, contained several incriminating videos, including a clip showing him approaching an “elderly African American man” and asking, “How’s it going, man?” As he gets closer to the victim, “a loud smack is heard, and the victim falls to the ground,” reported Tribble, who added, “Barrett laughs, says ‘knockout,’ and then flees in his vehicle.”
Alfred Tribble is an FBI agent who was part of the investigation.
Keep in mind this is a 27-year-old man and not the typical 13-18 year old adolescents that have been allegedly responsible for many of these attacks.
It is being reported that Barrett’s phone contained a total of 10 videos which can potentially be used to prove the racial bias for the attack.
In those videos he uses the word “nigger” and plots a knockout attack. He also makes this disturbing statement in one of the videos, “The plan is to see if I were to hit a black person, would this be nationally televised?”
Somewhere out there I fear there are people who will read this and feel that it was justified. They will feel like it is “one for our side.” After all, if black teens are attacking white people then why shouldn’t someone turn the tables?
There really are people who think like that. Unfortunately I have met many of them.
This is not black versus white. This is hoodlums versus innocent people and hoodlums come in all colors. None of these victims are deserving of the injuries they have received. I hope that Mr. Barrett someday understands the consequences of his actions.
His victim was a 79-year-old black man who has been described as “frail” by his attorney. His name is being withheld upon request. The Daily Mail described his injuries as follows:
The victim suffered two jaw fractures and lost three teeth. Doctors had to insert a pair of metal plates into his jaw, leaving him unable to drink without a straw, according to his nephew.
The plan is to prosecute this as a hate crime. Barrett could face up to ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Barrett’s attorney appears to be laying the groundwork for some sort of mental illness defense. As you will see in the ABC-13 (Houston) video below, he has already thrown out the claim that Barrett is bi-polar. I know a few bi-polar people myself and they don’t go around attacking elderly people for fun.