Skip to comments.Police respond to knockout threat [YALE]
Posted on 12/05/2013 10:41:05 AM PST by Red Badger
Yale students and New Haven residents are experiencing the arrival of a new crime pattern that has gained national attention in recent weeks the knockout game.
The game refers to attacks on pedestrians by groups of young adults. The assaulters approach their victims on public streets, hit them and run away. After speaking to the New Haven Police Department, Yale Police Chief Ronnell Higgins notified the campus community about the violent new trend in an email on Nov. 21. There were seven reported cases of street violence in New Haven this November that could be linked to the knockout game.
The most recent incident occurred close to Gateway Community College, on the Church Street overpass, according to Higgins email alert. New Haven Police are still uncertain as to whether the reported acts of violence were incidents of knockout.
According to Public Information Officer Anna Mariotti, the attacks have subsided since late November.
The YPD is working collaboratively with the New Haven Police Department and Yale Security to prevent these assaults and to identify those responsible, said Yale Public Relations Manager Amy Athey McDonald.
Higgins reiterated that students should be aware of their surroundings and avoid isolated areas, especially after dark.
New Haven residents said that exercising caution has always been a necessity in New Haven.
We live in an urban area, and we have to be careful, said Michael Kaplan 86, a New Haven resident and the parent of a current Yale student. This is one more thing to be careful about.
Zoe Dobuler 17 expressed concern that the knockout game presents an additional danger. She had not heard of the knockout game before Higgins email and said it is scary that such attacks have occurred so close to campus. Dobuler said she remains careful when walking around campus at night but has not made any changes to her habits since receiving Higgins email.
Kaplan and Dobuler both expressed confusion over the assaulters motives. While there is a clear reason for apple-picking, the crime trend where people steal iPhones and iPods, it is less clear what a person would gain from punching a stranger in the face, Kaplan said.
Kaplan also expressed doubt about whether the knockout game will become a serious issue in New Haven.
Im not sure whether the fear is coming from the students or the national media coverage, Kaplan said.
Sergeant Al Vazquez of the NHPD Detective Bureau shared residents concerns about media sensationalism. The best way to prevent further knockout attacks is to educate New Haven residents as well as the media, Vazquez said. He explained that the media helps perpetuate the trend by continually covering it.
The Yale Police has not yet determined whether the knockout game will be as prevalent of a threat as apple-picking was last year, McDonald said, explaining that the email was meant to be precautionary. She added that the YPDs goal was to encourage the community to take reasonable precautions.
The Detective Bureau of the NHPD is preparing to arrest one individual in response to the Church Street knockout incident that occurred on Nov. 17.
Wow...the comments are too spicy even for FR! Who woulda thunk it!
90% of those comments would be removed here.
“Sergeant Al Vazquez of the NHPD Detective Bureau shared residents concerns about media sensationalism. The best way to prevent further knockout attacks is to educate New Haven residents as well as the media, Vazquez said. He explained that the media helps perpetuate the trend by continually covering it.”
The Sergeant is a complete douchebag.
I would say 15-20% would be too racist for FR.
Most seemed to be pretty much in line with the FR culture.
I wonder what percentage came from people actually affiliated with Yale.
It must be a challenge to be a conservative at Yale, or at any Ivy League school. I know there are some.
OK...perhaps I overdid the percentage, but you get my point! :-)
Note the codeword “urban” describing the “area” in the quote. His fellow leftists, including the writer of the article (”young adults”) know exactly what he means.
It’s just a matter of time till one of the victims, is legally armed, and kills a perp.
Hmm...so the best answer is education? I’ll buy that - nothing is quite so educational as getting your sorry butt shot for being stupid.
I think this would be a wonderful opportunity to pause for a moment and give thanks for the many great contributions of the Black community and their culture to our society. Their peaceful and generous nature make them ideal neighbors, lending testimony to their exceptional family values and parenting skills unrivaled by any other culture.
Their commitment to academic excellence enriches our schools and serves as an example to all who hope to achieve prominence as a people. Real Estate values are fueled by the influx of African Americans into an area due to their caring and respectful nurturing of these communities, an example of all they have achieved by their enthusiasm for self improvement through hard work and a self-reliant can-do nature. Without their industrious and creative drive, we would be poorer, as a nation.
Presently enriching the cities of Spokane WA, Chicago IL, Philadelphia PA, Washington D.C., St. Louis MO, New Orleans LA, Los Angeles CA, Flint MI, Baltimore MD, Pontiac MI, Gary Ind., Newark NJ, Cleveland OH, Atlanta GA, Richmond VA, Memphis Tn, Birmingham AL, Camden NJ; and let's not forget Detroit, the tourism capital of the world
That’s a keeper!
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I would say those are all reasons for justifiable racism. Which I think is spreading rapidly as an idea. Thanks to both Obama and black culture itself. They have only themselves to blame. Reaping what is sown.
Which is why we had to be careful not to describe the perpetrators, which would be racial profiling.
Quit worrying about what to call it. It's racial violence, intended to intimidate white people. It's a form of racial terrorism, and should be dealt with as such.
Yes, the comments are amazing. However, I think many of them are planted by leftists in order to make it appear that anyone who correctly identifies what is really happening is a knuckle-dragging redneck racist. The paper leaves these comments on the site to say “See! These right-wing nuts really are haters and bigots.”
That makes sense.
False Flag operations are their specialty.