THUGGIN’ REALITY: ‘Knockout’ Assaults May Be on the Rise, But They’re Not New’

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: ON THE RECORD has been tracking knockout attacks from the East coast to the West coast and even to the Midwest, a “Milwaukee Journal Sentinel” columnist writing, “only suckers participate in the knockout game.” Writer James Causey joins us. Good evening, sir.


VAN SUSTEREN: How did this start? How does this spread? Do you have any thought on this?

CAUSEY: Well, this is not a new phenomenon. It’s been going on for quite some time. Now it’s just getting all the media attention because they’re starting to connect the dots. But this is something that’s seen going on even when I was younger, it used to happen. So — but now it’s starting to pick up because people are talking about it and really starting to put it all together.

VAN SUSTEREN: You know, it’s funny. Everyone objects to robbery, it’s a horrible crime. But, you know, this for some reason almost steps it up one to me because it’s so gratuitous. It’s not robbery. Not even because you need the money or you want to go buy something with money you robbed. This is just to be vicious. It’s just to hurt somebody. You oftentimes get a crowd laughing.

CAUSEY: Yes. You know, and I credit a lot of that to the rise in social media. If you look at some of the websites out there that cater to this, you know, you can see fight compilations, knockout compilations and things like this on some of the bigger websites out there. I mean, some of these young people are getting a “likes f”or it. They’re gaining a lot of popularity for it. It’s a sick form of — of becoming famous overnight.

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