Sunday, December 25, 2011

Woe is us - nothing can be done about criminals beating innocent citizens

Matthew Quain still struggles to piece together what happened after a trip to the grocery store nearly turned deadly. He remembers a group of loitering young people, a dimly lit street -- then nothing. The next thing he knew he was waking up with blood pouring out of his head.

The 51-year-old pizza kitchen worker's surreal experience happened just before midnight earlier this year, when he became another victim of what is generally known as "Knockout King" or simply "Knock Out," a so-called game of unprovoked violence that targets random victims.

The rules of the game are as simple as they are brutal. A group -- usually young men or even boys as young as 12, and teenage girls in some cases -- chooses a lead attacker, then seeks out a victim. Unlike typical gang violence or other street crime, the goal is not revenge, nor is it robbery. The victim is chosen at random, often a person unlikely to put up a fight. Many of the victims have been elderly. Most were alone.

The attacker charges at the victim and begins punching. If the victim goes down, the group usually scatters. If not, others join in, punching and kicking the person, often until he or she is unconscious or at least badly hurt. Sometimes the attacks are captured on cellphone video that is posted on websites.

"These individuals have absolutely no respect for human life," St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay said.

Hey, I know, let's start a game of our own ... we'll call it "Kill violent shitstain criminals very fast."  And this mayor would be a natural to start it ... with his great last name "Slay."

Slay knows firsthand. He was on his way home from a theater around 11:30 p.m. on Oct. 21 when he saw perhaps a dozen young people casually crossing a street. He looked to the curb and saw Quain sprawled on the pavement.

Slay told his driver to pull over. They found Quain unconscious, blood pouring from his head and mouth.

Quain was hospitalized for two days with a broken jaw, a cracked skull and nasal cavity injuries. He still has headaches and memory problems but was finally able to return to work earlier this month. Hundreds gathered in November for a fundraiser at the restaurant where he works, Joanie's Pizza, but he still doesn't know how he'll pay the medical bills.

It isn't clear how long Knockout King has been around, nor is the exact number of attacks known. The FBI doesn't track it separately, but Slay said he has heard from several mayors about similar attacks and criminologists agree versions of the game are going on in many places.

St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom said the city has had about 10 Knockout King attacks over the past 15 months.

Experts say it is a grab for attention.

Really?  Is that what "experts say?" And what ISN'T a grab for attention these days? I have stopped caring pretending to care about the reasons for violent behavior.

I just want the violent people to:
1 - Suffer the same/equivalent fate/pain as their victims (times two or three.)
2 - Be removed from the presence of other humans ... with increasing periods of separation each time they engage in this behavior (i.e. initiating the use of force on other people.) No, they cannot go "on the yard" while in prison ... I said separated from other humans, period.  In other words, make prison a place they do NOT want to go, instead of being like old home week with their compadres.
3 - Be executed within 90 days after their trial for maiming or murder (or attempt at same) -- or after their third violent offense, (armed robbery etc) whichever comes first.

That's right, I'm not interested in paying to have them "rehabilitated.."  Nor am I interested in whether they learn their lesson ... it would be nice if they did but that's not a huge concern to me.

"We know that juveniles don't think out consequences clearly," said Beth Huebner, an associate professor of criminology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. "They see something on YouTube and say, `I want to get that sort of attention, too.' They don't think about the person they're attacking maybe hitting their head."

Really?  Wow!  What great insight.  You must be a genius lib.  And are you excusing or justifying the behavior? Or are you just trying to show us how smart and thoughtful you are?  And how much of my tax money went to fund the critical "study" that uncovered this valuable and heretofore unknown information?  Never mind, I don't care, just stfu.

Scott Decker, a criminologist at Arizona State, said the attacks are a modern extension of gang-like behavior -- instead of painting over another gang's graffiti as a show of toughness, they beat someone up and post a video on social media sites. The postings spur copycat crimes.

"It's adolescent and early adults, largely male, showing how tough they are. It's done to show off," Decker said.

Yes, because everyone knows how dangerous it is for a gang to attack a homeless geriatric.  My God, they're risking life and limb ... but that's all part of being "tough" right?  Now listen, genius Scott Decker, I submit to you that they think this is funny ... and they do it (post the video) to show their sense of humor.  Because, hey look, we can flaunt the law with impunity.  How 'bout that?  And I didn't need one penny of tax payer money to figure it out either.

Earlier this year in Chicago, a group of teens followed an elderly homeless man at a train station. One of the teens walked up to him and punched him in the face, knocking him out as the teen's friends laughed and mocked the man. The exchange was captured on video and posted on a hip-hop site, where it got about a quarter of a million views within two days. The teen was not arrested because police couldn't locate the homeless man to see if he wanted to press charges. More here:

Right, because if they can't locate the victim, the "law" says we all have to pretend it didn't happen.  Curses, those evil geniuses outsmarted us again, Watson!!

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