A white man has been charged with a federal hate crime in connection with what authorities say was a racially motivated “knockout” assault against an elderly black man, the U.S. Justice Department said Thursday.

Conrad Alvin Barrett, 27, of Katy, Texas, has been charged with one count of violating the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. According to the federal complaint, Barrett attacked the elderly man “because of the man’s race and color.”

The suspect made a video of the attack November 24, the complaint said. In the video, he allegedly commented that “the plan is to see if I were to hit a black person, would this be nationally televised?”

He then allegedly “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.”

The victim suffered two jaw fractures and was hospitalized for several days, the complaint said.

Barrett’s attorney, George Parnham, told CNN his client remains in jail. His client has bipolar disorder and takes medication, Parnham said.

Parnham said he could not state whether his client carried out the attack, but, “mental health issues definitely played a part in anything that occurred.”

Barrett “is very sorry for this person,” Parnham said, adding that he and his client haven’t had much opportunity to discuss the facts of the case.

The “knockout game” is an assault in which an assailant aims to knock out an unsuspecting victim with one punch. According to the Justice Department complaint, there have been “knockout game” incidents, some of which have been called other names, as long ago as 1992.

New York police previously charged suspect Marajh Amrit with a hate crime in the alleged attack of a white Jewish man as part of a “knockout” game. Similar cases have been reported recently in several states, including Illinois, Missouri, and Washington.

“Hate crimes tear at the fabric of entire communities,” U.S. Acting Assistant Attorney General Jocelyn Samuels said Thursday in a Justice Department statement announcing the charge against Barrett. “As always, the Civil Rights Division will work with our federal and state law enforcement partners to ensure that hate crimes are identified and prosecuted, and that justice is done.”

Barrett, who is white, allegedly recorded himself on his cell phone attacking the man and showed the video to others, the department said. “The 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.”

The victim’s face was swollen on one side, and he has had to suck out of a straw in order to drink, a nephew, Joseph Lewis, told CNN affiliate KTRK-TV in Houston. Barrett allegedly told an off-duty police officer what happened and even shared a video, saying he felt bad, the TV station reported.

In other videos on his phone that police confiscated, Barrett used the N-word and said that African-Americans “haven’t fully experienced the blessing of evolution,” according to the criminal complaint.

“It is unimaginable in this day and age that one could be drawn to violently attack another based on the color of their skin,” said Special Agent in Charge Stephen Morris of the FBI’s Houston office. “We remind all citizens that we are protected under the law from such racially motivated attacks, and encourage everyone to report such crimes to the FBI.”

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9 thoughts on “Federal Hate Crime Charge in ‘Knockout’ Attack Against Black Man

  1. MARK TRAINA on said:

    NAAWP MAY 2014 CRIME NEWS UPDATE: black teenagers charged with videotaping hate crime assaults

    Three Allentown high school students have been charged with ethnic intimidation for allegedly recording themselves bullying other students and posting the resulting “smack cam video” on Facebook.

    The three males – two aged 15 and one aged 14 – are accused of selecting the victims, in part, because they are white, according to a news release from Lehigh County District Attorney James Martin.

    The incident took place around 1 p.m. last Thursday at William Allen High School, an affidavit of probable cause states.

    Three teens were sitting at a table in the school cafeteria when three other teens allegedly approached and started making comments. Prosecutors said the teens used profanities to mock the other students’ race, stature and appearance, such as the glasses they were wearing.

    The suspects used the racial slur “pink” in referring to the white victims, according to investigators.

    Two of the teens allegedly decided to make a “smack cam video.” Investigators said one of them began narrating and using his cell phone to record the video, which he called “Smack Cam 3.”

    Prosecutors said a third teen walked over to the table and slapped one of the victims in the back of the head as the other two suspects erupted in laughter.

    Learn more: http://topconservativenews.com/2014/05/three-black-teenagers-charged-with-videotaping-hate-crime-assaults/

    FORCED INTERGRATION has led to the BANKRUPSY of nearly every major CITY in AMERICA!

    Things have gotten so horrible in St. Louis, Cleveland, Philly, Brooklyn, Chicago, Baltimore, Atlanta, Memphis, etc . …., that INNER-CITY PUBLIC SCHOOL THUGS are now being BUSSED to the suburbs and the suburban SCHOOLS are being FORCED by the STATE and FEDERAL GOVERNMENT to accept these BLACK STUDENTS with OPEN ARMS!

    “The NAAWP yells BULL$HYT and screams STOP DA BUS!” (TRAINAISM)

    FACT: “WHITE FRIGHT is the PRECUSOR to WHITE FLIGHT!” (TRAINAISM)

    NATIONAL ASSOCIATION for the ADVANCEMENT of WHITE PEOPLE

  2. I said it. on said:

    What’s the percentage of Mexicans killing Mexicans in Mexico, (They have a drug war going on.) Spaniards killing other Spaniards in Spain, Guatemalans killing Guatemalans in Guatemala? My point is that all of over the world people kill those of the same race. Stop making it an AA thing.

  3. tewdeeq on said:

    And what does this racist rant have to do with a white man committing a crime? Is there anything else you can offer to humanity besides this cut and paste rant response?

  4. So, you can bet your last dollar that when a young nigga commits the same foolish crime he will get the same punishment or worse! Young folks be warned!

  5. There they are! on said:

    Please send the link to where you got your data, in regard to the percentage of Blacks who have participated in the knockout game. Also, I would love the information you have where Black leaders and BAW deny that Black participation in these attacks aren’t a hate crime. Share that as well. Please send all of your references in APA format please. I would love to check it out.

    Do you think that the young man who attacked the elderly gentleman is justified? If there is indeed no justification, why did you offer information on the “95%” that you are sending reference information on?

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