A string of violent, unprovoked attacks have left people on the pavement battered and bruised, unconscious, or even dead. While some believe the attacks—called the “knockout game”—are being sensationalized by the media, the threat of being jumped by a hoodlum with no motive or provocation is inciting fear in U.S. cities.
The “knockout game” is a horrifying game in which a person, usually a young, black teen, randomly sucker-punches a stranger with the goal of knocking the person out cold with one punch. That’s it. The attackers don’t rob the people afterward. They simply swing and dash “for the fun of it,” as one teen said.