A 15-year-old boy was arraigned in Syracuse City Court on Friday, charged with manslaughter. He was one of two teenagers arrested for the beating death of a Syracuse man tied to a dangerous pastime called the "Knockout Game." YNN's Bill Carey says it's a problem far beyond just Syracuse. We do want to warn you that some of the video in this report may be disturbing for some viewers.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The video from Pittsburgh is chilling. A man walking past a group of young people. One young man attacks, knocking the victim out. The so-called "Knockout Game" in action. And it's a problem nationwide, often with deadly results.
It's a sad situation. Just within recent months, two young men charged with murder in a knockout game attack in Chicago. A series of viscous knockout attacks reported in St. Louis. Even overseas, where a 16-year-old girl was attacked on the streets of London.
When Syracuse police were called to the corner of West Brighton and Cannon a week ago, they found a man brutally beaten. It did not take long to find out that the "Knockout Game" was to blame. The victim, Michael Daniels, died the next day. Two teens were arrested.
Police say the attack on Daniels was not their first encounter with the "Knockout Game."
“CID is currently investigating quite a few cases. I would say certainly more than four cases where it looks like the victims of assaults have been as a result of this knockout game,” said Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler.
The attacks are random. The mayor says the only real defense is for people in the city to draw a line.
“By saying, we're not going to tolerate deviant behavior. We're going to help the police. We're going to stand up and be witnesses. We're going to tell police what we saw and give them the information,” Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner said.
While police and prosecutors may promise a crackdown on those involved in the "Knockout Game," the real question is how to attack the mindset that allows them to take part in the game to begin with. And that may be the toughest job of all.
Fowler said, "Don't expect for this to make sense because it's senseless.”