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Racist attacks elderly black man to see whether his ‘knockout’ would be ‘nationally televised’

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A Texas man has been charged with a federal hate crime after he assaulted an elderly black man in an attack motivated by the “knockout game.”

Conrad Alvin Barrett singled out his victim — who authorities did not identify — because of the color of his skin, and federal prosecutors charged him one count of violating the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.

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Prosecutors allege that according to video recovered from Barrett’s phone, he said, “[t]he plan is to see if I were to hit a black person, would this be nationally televised?”

They allege that he then approached the victim, “hit [him] with such force that the man immediately fell to the ground…then laughed and said ‘knockout’ as he ran to his vehicle and fled.”

The victim suffered two jaw fractures and lost three teeth in the attack.

According to U.S. Acting Assistant Attorney General Jocelyn Samuels, “[t]he complaint alleges Barrett made several videos, one in which he identifies himself and another in which he makes a racial slur. In addition, Barrett had allegedly been working up the ‘courage’ to play the ‘knockout game’ for approximately a week.”

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Other videos on the phone allegedly have Barrett using racial slurs and saying that African-Americans “haven’t fully experienced the blessing of evolution.”

Watch a CNN report on the incident below.

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