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December 26th, 2013
11:39 PM ET

Feds: 'Knockout' attacker charged with hate crime

Conrad Alvin Barrett, 27, of Katy, Texas "hit the man with such force that the man immediately fell to the ground. Barrett then laughed and said 'knockout,' as he ran to his vehicle and fled." – Federal Complaint.

A Texas man has been charged with a federal hate crime in connection with a racially motivated so-called "knockout" assault against an elderly black man.

It's part of a what appears to be a trend throughout the United States.

Feds: 'Knockout' attack was a hate crime

where people try to knock out unsuspecting victims with a single punch and often try to catch the attack on video.

The victim in this case suffered two jaw fractures and was hospitalized for several days.

OutFront: CNN Legal Analyst Paul Callan and CNN Political Commentator Marc Lamont Hill.


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