A white man has been charged with a hate crime for punching a black elderly man while playing the infamous “knockout game.”
According to a report by KTRK in Houston, Conrad Barrett, 27, recorded himself on video as he plotted to hit a black person several weeks before the attack. He also recorded himself ranting about blacks and how the race has yet to fully experience evolution.
On Nov. 24, Barrett walked up to the 79-year-old victim and punched him in the face and choked him. The elderly black man fell to the ground and broke his jaw as Barrett ran away laughing. Barrett bragged about the video and showed it to several people at a bar. One person was an off-duty police officer.
The officer alerted nearby police who arrested Barrett at the bar and confiscated his phone. Authorities eventually found the victim who decided to press charges.
Barrett was charged with violating the federal Hate Crimes Prevention Act. He could receive 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.