Federal Authorities Charge White ‘Knockout’ Suspect with Hate Crime

Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, December 26, 2013

Federal authorities said Thursday they have arrested and charged a Texas man in connection with the “knockout game,” accusing him of a hate crime for targeting a black man for a vicious street attack.

Most knockout victims that have appeared in news reports have been white, but the Justice Department said in this instance the victim was a 79-year-old black man, and stepped in with federal charges.

“Suspected crimes of this nature will simply not be tolerated,” said Kenneth Magidson, the U.S. attorney for the southern district of Texas. “Evidence of hate crimes will be vigorously investigated and prosecuted with the assistance of all our partners to the fullest extent of the law.”

The Justice Department said it filed a criminal complaint against 27-year-old Conrad Alvin Barrett on Tuesday and arrested him on Thursday.

According to Justice officials, Mr. Barrett recorded himself on his cellphone attacking the 79-year-old man, laughing and saying “Knockout” as he runs away.

The 79-year-old man had his jaw broken in the Nov. 24 attack.

“The plan is to see if I were to hit a black person, would this be nationally televised?” Mr. Barrett says in the video, according to the authorities.


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  • Greg Thomas

    However, to my knowledge, no blacks who have played knockout against Whites were ever charged with a hate crime. You know Holder was just waiting for this exact scenario to emerge, so he could step in and file federal hate charges against a White suspect.

    • Non Humans

      Retribution for trayboon since “My People” knows that he cant make anything stick to Zimmerman.

  • black on White knockout = Yoof mischief.
    White on black Knockout = Hate crime.

    • Magician

      White guy does something wrong = our fault
      Black guy does something wrong = our fault
      Black guy does something wrong to another black guy = our fault


      It’s more like: – black black black black black black black black black black black black black black black black black black black black black black black black black black black black black black black black black black black black black black to the umpteenth power x 10 on White = Yoof mischief.
      White on black Knockout = Hate crime.

    • sbuffalonative

      Blacks, and the Justice Department, got what they were desperate for; a white knockout king. ‘See, white folk do it too so it ain’t just a black thing’.

      • NeanderthalDNA

        And just remember that in the big picture when it comes to victim identified crime of all sorts…

        All Hispanics are White!

        If you can’t scare up enough real White criminals guess ya gotta outsource it to the Mexicanos, eh? HA HA!!!

  • D.B. Cooper

    Charge this white punk with the harshest punishment available. The knockout game is something “those people” do, and not something WE do.

    • shawnmer

      Agreed! No “hate crimes” charge, but I won’t lose a wink’s sleep over this creep’s conviction for assault. You can’t even argue this furthers our cause politically, it does the exact opposite, and this poor old black guy didn’t deserve this.

      • tetrapod

        Agreed. The last thing we needed was for some dumb goober to commit a blatantly racist crime just to see if it would “be nationally televised”.

        We’ve known all along that black-on-white knockouts were racially motivated, but this idiot actually goes on record with his white racism. No matter how you slice it, our claim to the moral high ground has been lost on this one. This dolt has served us up on a platter to the MSM.

        • Brian

          Almost as dumb as that white supremacist hillbilly who went on tv and got ‘surprised’ with the black ancestry DNA results. (Not that I have a problem with him being pro-white but why did he think they were swabbing his cheek?) Walk into a trap much?

      • John R

        I hope there is just one White juror to nullify any decision! I am sorry this young man’s life will be ruined. And if more Whites actually did back to blacks what they have been doing to us, maybe then they would understand what real “racism” is! I don’t give a rat’s behind that some n*&er got beat up by a White. How long have you been on this site? Do you even know what the H%$LL is going on? Sorry to be so direct, but your comment, coming from an amren poster, kind of steamed me.

        • shawnmer

          Actually been associated with AR for quite some time, John. I used to moderate AR’s Yahoo email forum.

          Yeah sorry, I’m not in the business of defending trash, white or black. This 79 y/o man didn’t deserve a broken jaw, or worse, just to prove any point! As for “ruining this young man’s life,” I didn’t, HE did.

          When you’re wrong, you’re wrong. End of story.

          • John R

            Understand. I was not aware of your association with American Renaissance. I respect your principles, but, don’t get me wrong, this young man was extremely foolish to do what he did, but I wouldn’t mind if he did get away with it. Remember the OJ Simpson case: Blacks will let other blacks get away with any crime done against a White. Yes, we have more principles. But look where our principles have got us when dealing with races that have none. Sorry for my tone in my reply-I do have a habit of getting excited on here-but please reflect on what I said. Thank you, a have a good New Year.

          • Who Me?

            Unfortunately this dumb SOB just “proved” to all the real racists out there that “white guys do it too”. Now we can no longer point out that this is a crime used exclusively by blacks against white–all because of this idiot. Thanx a lot, moron. Hope he gets everything he’s got coming to him, so we can at least point out that on the extremely rare occasions that one of “ours” does it, he gets 20 years.

          • Tom_in_Miami

            Thank you.

      • bilderbuster

        We don’t know for sure.
        He was young once.

  • bigone4u

    When whites and blacks do the exact same crime (a despicable crime whoever does it), and only the whites are charged by the Feds, you have the SMOKING GUN that the Feds are anti-white racists. Yes, Holder and Obama, I talking about you, you pieces of excrement. Prove me wrong and I’ll apologize for calling you “excrement,” but I’m not holding my breath.

    • Tom_in_Miami

      Yes, the Feds are anti-white racists. Now what do we do about it? Whine and cry? Vote for politicians who have no intention of following the law?

  • Luca

    He’ll be paying a heavy price to prove a point we already knew. He wasted a perfectly good punch.

    • sbuffalonative

      “The plan is to see if I were to hit a black person, would this be nationally televised?”
      Too bad he had to try to make his point this way.

  • Magician

    I would have preferred to see him having punched a black male in his early to mid 20s dressed in gangster rapper outfits, rather than a senior black person or a black girl or guy wearing a Howard University jacket

    • DonReynolds

      I would prefer it to be Nelson Mandela, but any “Uncle” will do nicely. Need to do many more……young and old, men and women……to make it abundantly clear that it is a very bad idea…….regardless of whether the Federal authorities think it is a hate crime.

      • John R

        Thank you! Isn’t it strange that black on White assaults have increased at the same time, and about the same rate, that White on black assaults have decreased?

  • MekongDelta69

    I’ll just repeat exactly what I said on the Washington Times‘ site (which now has 2,800 comments – 99% of which could have been written by AmRen readers):

    One white guy ‘knocks out’ one black guy…
    Give him the electric chair.

    Thousands of black guys ‘knock out’ thousands of white people.

    This is what you get when you have a black, muslim, marxist dictator and his entire anti-white regime running the show.

    P.S. Right below THIS story on Drudge is one entitled:
    “Mom sucker-punched while walking with young daughter…”
    (except you can post a direct link on the W.T. site)

    Where another black NoBama disciple punched out a 33 y/o mom with her 7 y/o daughter.

    There are exactly TWELVE comments and then the Editors got nervous and said, “Comments for this thread are now closed”

    Case closed…

  • Greg Thomas

    “Suspected crimes of this nature will simply not be tolerated,” said Kenneth Magidson, the U.S. attorney for the southern district of Texas. “Evidence of hate crimes will be vigorously investigated and prosecuted with the assistance of all our partners to the fullest extent of the law.”

    Unless the victim is White and the perps black. Then it will be tolerated and encouraged!

  • Ella

    “The plan is to see if I were to hit a black person, would this be nationally televised?” I think Mr. Barrett just hung himself under US nonreciprocating laws.

  • Erasmus

    I wish he hadn’t done it, but this will show the double standard of justice that has metastasized throughout the country.

    • NeanderthalDNA

      “Suspected crimes of this nature will simply not be tolerated,”

      Well at least “suspected crimes” will not be tolerated. That’s comforting.

  • Dave4088

    The media will use Conrad Barrett as the new face of the knockout game to confuse the millions of low information white Americans that whites are equally guilty, if not more so, of this type of crime. I wouldn’t be surprised if MSNBC and CNN have a life sized photo of Mr. Barrett plastered all over the airwaves to emphasize the evilness of white people.

    • Brian

      I wouldn’t be that surprised if some flunky at the SPLC paid him to do this.

    • TunaFist

      It’s now the top story on CNN.

    • Rick Brooks

      We all know there are at least 40 million “low information white Americans ” living amongst us. Because that’s how many voted to re-elect Barack Hussein Obama and Eric Holder et al. Not surprisingly, networks like CNN (the Communist News Network) are already having a field day with this “man bites dog” incident.

  • Dave4088

    It’s official. It’s a federal offense for a white person to harm a black person but merely a petty crime unworthy of national attention if the races are reversed. If white skin privilege were real then the “Justice” Dept. would not have got involved and the local police would sweep this under the rug like good ol’ boys.

  • Spartacus

    If this is true, then good for him. The damn gr0ids should be knocked-out at any opportunity .

    • DonReynolds

      An eye for an eye is not good enough. I am not willing to trade eyes with savages….or teeth…..or heads. I am willing to make them see that this is a terrible mistake and it will cost them much more than it will ever cost us.

  • John K

    Indeed, suspected crimes of this nature simply will not be tolerated….. unless, of course, a black person knocks out elderly white people. I suppose they call that the practice of “diversity”.

  • dave

    White guy hits black man its a hate crime and a national story,the media cant get enough. Blacks attack multiple whites,killing two and not one word from the media or justice dept. black priviledge is alive and well in the US of A -fricans.

  • Extropico

    The White guy’s lawyer should file a motion to dismiss the charges as an abrogation of the Equal Protection Clause. The case should be handled in State court.

  • shawnmer

    Wow, did Holder even allow the time for this victim to regain consciousness before calling this a “hate crime?” In fact, since the motive is plainly stated on the video by the white perp, this is probably the LEAST deserving of a “hate crime” charge of any knockout incident to date.

    That said, you don’t injure or even risk death to an innocent, elderly guy to prove a point, however valid. I hope this idiot is convicted of assault.

  • Irishgirl

    But but but … the supposed reason that the black knockout perpetrators were not charged with hate crimes was that they were not heard saying explicitly racist epithets DURING the attack (even though they used such words later in posting the videos online). Now, this guy Barrett said “Knockout” during the attack, which is not an explicitly racist comment. I call BS.

    • Brian

      Just wait til the CNN ‘audio restoration experts’ get their mitts on it. They’ll twist the audio into N*****out or something, like they did with Zimmerman.

  • shawnmer

    I stand by both my comments below, but I really wouldn’t be surprised to learn this is basically a hoax, in that this waste of flesh has a liberal or anti-“racist” political pedigree. I don’t for a second put it past some of those diseased minds to actually physically hurt a black person because they think it serves the larger political narrative.

  • NoMosqueHere

    Whites should not engage in knockout games; it’s barbaric and beneath us. Nonetheless, whites should be prepared to protect themselves with deadly force if necessary against vicious violent black miscreants.

    • Grantland

      “Games” trivializes the issue. Whites should be extremely serious when they administer lethal justice to our foes. In deadly earnest.

    • John R

      Yeah, but that is what George Zimmerman did, and look what happened. We can’t win with liberals.

  • Shadrach

    “Evidence of hate crimes will be vigorously investigated and prosecuted with the assistance of all our partners to the fullest extent of the law.” WHAT ABOUT THE WHITE VICTIMS OF THE KNOCK OUT GAME!? WHERE WERE THE AUTHORITIES WHEN WHITES WHERE ATTACKED BY THESE BLACK SAVAGES!?

  • Bob

    I blame the lack hip hop music role models to look up to and the peer pressure to “keep it real” for the violence in this incident. I really do.

  • Conrad

    Looks like ground for an appeal to me.

  • Katherine McChesney

    I resent this ass from attacking this man. Now it lessens our power to speak out against racist black hate crimes against Whites.

    • alex

      Your power to speak out won’t do squat.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    I understand the charges completely. These are the exact same charges that are filed when hateful blacks knockout elderly Whites…aren’t they?

    What’s that you say?

    Whites “play” knockout game = hate, racism, bigotry, national news.

    Blacks “play” knockout game = social justice.

    Can’t be. We have equality in the eyes the law in the Unites States of America.

    And, under Article 7 of the U.N. manifesto, “Universal Declaration of Human Rights”
    “All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law.”

    No double standard there. Nope.

  • DonReynolds

    This is how Polar Bear Hunting and the Knockout Game will end. When enough white rednecks and skinheads play the same damn game with black elderly individuals. Then it will end……and not before. But I do wait patiently for the same Federal authorities to charge every single black attacker who did the same exact thing to elderly whites and women…… else the Federal hate crime charges must be dropped against this man.

  • WR_the_realist

    It didn’t take the Feds any time at all to declare this attack a hate crime. But I note that they are terribly reluctant to label the vastly more frequent attacks on whites by blacks hate crimes. We all knew that when the concept of “hate crime” was put into legislation that it would only go one way.

  • Sloppo

    “The plan is to see if I were to hit a black person, would this be nationally televised?”

    This attack does not appear to have been a crime motivated by “hatred”. Instead, it appears to have been a scientific experiment intended to measure the hypocrisy levels of various politicians and law enforcement community officials. I believe this was a pointless research project because examples of extreme political hypocrisy are normally quite plentiful and easy to identify.

    • tetrapod

      Yes, it clearly was an experiment intended to demonstrate progressive hypocrisy. There would have been no motive if our media were truly “fair and balanced”.

      Also, there was never any claim that whites were spotlessly innocent. It’s always been about the disparity in black/white crime rates and MSM double
      standards. However, this point will be lost on the liberal torch-bearing mob.

      Nevertheless there was a stark, callous evil in this cowardly attack on a helpless old man. His attacker cared not one whit for the old guy’s humanity.

      This is what happens to fragmented societies. Unfortunately, we ain’t seen nuttin’ yet. Wait till people start getting hungry.

  • King of My Castle

    He was wrong to do so, to attack a man for no other reason than to prove a political point. No political point is so important that it must be made by harming a dude on the street going about his own business.

    This attacker is right about the double-standard, clearly, but that double-standard doesn’t give him the excuse to go around playing the “knockout game”.

  • Brian

    This is literally a federal case. Zero tolerance, automatic hate crime, naturally. Funny, I don’t recall this terminate-with-extreme-prejudice vulture-swooping on the the host of black-on-white knockouts. What about the three monsters, er, bored teens, who killed the Aussie baseball player Chris Lane? Was that a federal DOJ case too?

  • dd121

    Whites will never get equal protection under our laws as long as blacks govern us.

  • gemjunior

    I don’t think he should have picked an old person. A “thug” would have been better…

  • Garrett Brown

    Well, he confirmed what we already knew. That was really stupid though.

  • Ograf

    It ain’t no fun when the polar bear has the gun.

  • Earl Turner

    What a stupid thing to do. This idiot deserves to do some hard time. We whites must hold ourselves to a higher standard. Attacking an elderly person is behavior that is expected from negro savages but never should be tolerated among our own Folk, even when it is an elderly non-white. I for one will be the bigger man and automatically give respect to a non-white elderly person in deference to their age.

    And what a stupid thing to do on the part of Eric “My People” Holder’s Just Us Department. A stupid and blatant display of double standards for which I thank him.

  • Pro_Whitey

    Yeah, I’m a little upset at this guy for thinking he had to stick his hand in the fire to prove that fire burns. That’s kind of dumb. What a waste.

    • John R

      Good analogy.

    • He’s also about to find out how federal DoJ “hate” crime prosecutions work.

      “That’s kind of dumb.”
      –Pro Whitey

      Nope, that’s not only over-the-top, epic-dumb, it is also moonbat-crazy. I can think of things I’d much rather do with five or ten years, like staying home with my family.

  • Alexandra1973

    Way to stoop down to their level! Idiot.

  • John R

    I feel sorry for this poor young man. What he did was extremely foolish, and now his life will be ruined. Of course they will throw the book at him. MY advice to all young White people is to be wary; there is no “White privilege” that will protect them. The system is against us. If he knew that, he never would have committed this crime, or at least he would have been smarter about it.

  • Greg Thomas

    Even a White with a “limited cerebrum” is smarter than the average member of diversity.

  • TunaFist

    “The plan is to see if I were to hit a black person, would this be nationally televised?”

    This alone proves he’s not a racist because every single one of us racists already knows the answer to that question.

    • William_JD


  • curri

    This is really a war between white factions. The Manhattan-DC-Hollywood-SWPL faction wants to destroy the bulk of the white population because they see them as rednecks, Christians or just plain remnants of the Old pre-1965 America they detest. It bears a lot of similarity to the anti-Catholic hysteria of the 1940s and 1950s. See the Wikipedia entry for the book,
    American Freedom and Catholic Power.
    Also see E. Michael Jones’ book, The Slaughter of Cities: Urban Renewal as Ethnic Cleansing and look past some of the more particularistic Catholic arguments.

  • Greg Thomas

    I guess I have never run into a member of that 15%.

  • Greg Thomas

    Not with the black racist we have running the DOJ. EVIDENCE is not required, only that the perp be White. Don’t talk to me about EVIDENCE, I have an expensive law degree that went to good waste.

  • Katherine McChesney

    Perhaps blacks will ‘get the message’ and come to believe that Whites are fighting back. Maybe it could curb their violent behavior if they knew Whites would go to any length to stand up to them.

  • Phineas

    I don’t agree with his choice to make a point but, I salute this guy for walking the walk and not just talking the talk, or typing it. For sure he will receive and serve the maximum that the DOJ can give him and I’m sure he will be the only white it his cell / dorm. He will need financial aid for any kind of defense so I for one will send him help just like I did for Mr. George Zimmerman.

  • Tom_in_Miami

    I remember the whooping and hollering and high fives from the Bantus when OJ got off with killing his white wife (or “ex” or whatever she was at the time), much like the Arabs celebrating the fall of the twin towers. Nevertheless, I for one refuse to give up my humanity in order to behave like the blacks. The kettle is boiling and it’s just a question of time before before it boils over when we decide collectively that we’ve had enough. Judging from the news and comments posted by people just like us in mainline publications we are reaching the tipping point.

  • Greg Thomas

    Honestly, does it make any difference?

  • This man is a hero to the white world. Or at least he should be.

    Conrad Alvin Barrett, I salute you!

    He is not a hero for attacking a old black man.

    But he is a hero for fighting back against the elite that use nonwhites as a tool against white labor.

    This is not a battle between blacks and whites. It is a battle of white majority against the elite and their nonwhite footsoldiers.