By: Jessica Moskowitz
'Knockout Game' Hurts Random Victims
It's a dangerous game, now reported in at least six states, and it could happen to anyone walking down the street.
One minute you're minding your own business, the next a complete stranger deliberately knocks you to the ground.
Across the country, police are struggling to tally the full impact of this deadly game. CNN's Pamela Brown reports.
By: Fox News
A recent string of attacks tied to a dangerous game called “Knockout” -- where unsuspecting residents are targeted and sucker-punched – is being investigated as possible hate crimes.
New York police are looking into the growing trend, WPIX reports, after attacks in predominately Jewish neighborhoods in Brooklyn.
The most recent attack was caught on video last week in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, where a group of ten men spotted a man walking alone, punched him and kept moving, according to the station.
But New York is not the only place to see the “Knockout Game” being played out.
In Washington, D.C., Tamera Jackson, 27, told WJLA that a group of teens on bicycles came up behind her last week as she walked home and one of them punched her in the back of the head before the group sped away, laughing.
“For the fun of it.”- Teen, speaking of 'Knockout Game'
According to Fox 31 Denver, similar attacks have occurred in St. Louis and Pittsburgh, where a teacher was knocked out by a 15-year-old as he walked home from school last month. The attack was caught on a security camera video, and the teen was charged with assault.
And in New Jersey, CBS 2 reports, video footage shows Ralph Santiago, 46, randomly targeted for knockout by a group of teens. Santiago was later found dead with his neck broken and head lodged between iron fence posts, according to NJ.com.
Video shows Santiago walking during daytime in an alley, and just as he’s about to pass a pack of teenagers, one launches the fatal, knockout blow.
And what’s the point?
“For the fun of it,” one teen said in the video.
In September, a 13-year-old boy was sentenced to 18 months of confinement for the beating death of a 51-year-old man in upstate New York.
The teen had pleaded guilty to assault and attempted assault, admitting that he started the fatal beating by attempting to knock the man out with a single punch.
The teen said he and his friends were playing a street game called "knockout." His punch apparently had little to no effect, but the follow-up from a 16-year-old boy caused bleeding in the victim's brain, and he died in late May.
The 16-year-old co-defendant was found guilty last month in Onondaga County Family Court of second-degree manslaughter and received the same sentence.
All you can eat ribs -- by the dumpster.
A Golden Corral franchise is being accused of improper food handling after photos and a video surfaced online that claim to show unsanitary conditions at the nationwide buffet chain.
Separately, a Reddit user named GCWhistleblower posted photos purporting to show a different Golden Corral kitchen overflowing with garbage and food.
Employee Brandon Huber posted a video on Youtube, taken while he worked at a location near Port Orange, Fla., which shows raw hamburger patties swarmed by flies near the restaurant's dumpster.
"I'm an employee here, been working here for a long time, and I don't feel that this is right," Huber says to the camera. "I mean look at it, what do you think?"
"Let me show you just how disgusting this is," Huber continues, as the camera pans to reveal stacks of food next to the dumpsters including raw baby back ribs, green bean casserole, pot roast, chicken, ham, and bacon.
A statement provided to the website Consumerist via Eric Holm at Metro Corral Partners, a franchisee who owns several Golden Corral locations in Florida and Georgia, including the Port Orange location, reads:
"A video was recently posted showing an incident of improper food handling at our Port Orange, Fla., location. None of these items were served to a single customer. All were destroyed within the hour at the direction of management. Brandon Huber, the employee who made the video, participated in the disposal of the food.
The following day, the father of the employee, allegedly posted an offer to sell the video for $5,000, which was not accepted.
The manager involved in the improper storage was terminated for failing to follow approved food handling procedures," Holm's statement said.
By David Martin
(CBS News) America's most powerful military leaders were ordered to Capitol Hill Tuesday to answer for the epidemic of sexual assaults in the ranks. They quickly came under fire from the Senate Armed Services Committee. Some members there want to relieve commanders of their power to decide who gets prosecuted in sexual assault cases and who doesn't.
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With one exception, the senior officers who marched into the committee room were all men.
They all objected to legislation to take the decision to prosecute sexual assault away from commanders in the field. But committee members, including seven women, were ready to take them on.
"Not every single commander can distinguish between a slap on the ass and a rape," said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.
Gillibrand was referring to the mishandling of sexual assault cases which has left nearly two thirds of the victims feeling they were being retaliated against.
"It was astoundingly ignorant," she said. "He opened it that she didn't get a ride home when she had a chance. Are you freaking kidding me?
"You have lost the trust of the men and women who rely on you that you will actually bring justice in these cases. They're afraid to report. They think their careers will be over," she said.
One of the most controversial cases is that of Lt. Col. James Wilkerson, convicted by a military jury of molesting a female guest in his home. He was kicked out of the Air Force and sentenced to prison, but his commander, Lt. Gen. Craig Franklin, threw out the verdict, using a line of reasoning that incensed Sen. Claire McCaskill.
Wilkerson remains in the Air Force but is now under investigation in an unrelated case for fathering a child out of wedlock.
Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James Amos admitted the military is still playing catch-up on sexual assault.
"We failed in this in the past. It has not been a top priority in the years past, in the decades past. If it was, we wouldn't be here today," he said.
And Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said that included him.
"Frankly, I think we probably -- I'll speak for myself. I think I took my eye off the ball a bit," he said.
All the military chiefs insisted this time they really mean it. Or as Sen. Angus King put it, you can't change the culture, without first changing the system.