And they video taped the assault and posted it on Facebook. I want you to close your eyes and imagine something … but read the story first.
On July 10, three teenagers – really young adults – elected to play a game that’s trending pretty hot these days. Teens pick someone who is vulnerable, usually older, and start picking on them. You know … bullying. Even though school systems across the country have spent hundreds and hundreds of hours to eliminate bullying, I guess it’s not working.
Then – all to have a bit of fun – the teens try to knock out the victim with a couple devastating blows to the head. They tape the entire event so they can watch it later and show off their exploites to friends. They rob the man while he is down. They post the video on the Internet.
From the Chicago Sun. Did you hear about this story? Probably not, since it happened two weeks ago. No national media at all.
Three teenagers accused of killing a 62-year-old father-of-12 in West Rogers Park were playing a game called “Pick ‘em out and knock ‘em down” when they videotaped themselves punching him in the face, prosecutors say.
Malik Jones, 16, Nicholas Ayala, 17, and Anthony Malcolm, 18, were caught after the video of Jones fatally punching Delfino Mora was posted on Jones’ Facebook page, according to authorities.
The three were playing a “game where the offender picks an innocent victim and knocks him out by striking him and likely robbing him as well,” Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Terry Clancy told Judge Israel Desierto in court Monday.
Similar attacks — some resulting in death — have previously been reported in Missouri, New Jersey and Decatur. The game also goes by the name “Knockout King,” and experts say it is a grab for attention.
Delfina Mora was salvaging cans to make a few dollars to support himself and his family. Now … close your eyes and imagine the media frenzy, the vigils, the protests, the calls to action, the president’s words …
If Mora was black and the three attackers were white.