On November 24, Conrad Alvin Barrett, of Katy, Texas, recorded himself on his cellphone attacking a 79-year-old black man. In the video you could see Barett running away and saying “knockout”. He also told of his plans in the video.
“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. Well congratulations to Barrett, he is now the proud owner of a federal hate crime charge.
The U.S. attorney handling the case says video of the attack shows just how brutal it was. The 79-year-old victim’s attorney, O’Neil Williams, doesn’t want his identity revealed because he still fears for his safety.
“He’s frail. There would be no mistaking that you were about to attack an old man,” Williams said.
The victim had two fractures to his jaw and spent more than four days in the hospital and he’s still recovering.
“This suspect used race as a criteria for picking out who he was going to attack,” Williams said.
In his defense, Barrett’s attorney, George Parnham, says his client has severe mental health issues, that he’s bi-polar and on heavy medication. ”There’s no question that that entered into these particular type of actions. That’s not an excuse, that’s just real,” Parnham said.
Not everyone is happy to see a white man receive the first federal charge in the “knockout” game. Because you know, it’s only blacks doing it against white people. According to The Washington Times, “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.”
White people are not happy:
Black on white crime is okay white on black and it’s a hate crime! http://t.co/OVan9Swjdo
— stephen abner (@civilwarcometh) December 27, 2013