Republican Assemblyman Jim Tedisco is introducing new legislation, the “Knockout Assault Deterrent Act”, to protect innocent bystanders from being victimized by the so-called “Knockout Game”
Tedisco’s bill, which is being drafted, would amend New York State’s penal law to make any person regardless of their age who is convicted of knock out game individual assault or gang assault to face up to 25 years in prison (currently it’s between 4-15 years depending on the age of the defendant). The legislation would ensure that youth who “play the Knockout Game” are sentenced as adults. Those who are there and take part in the action also would be held liable.
Participants try to punch a stranger so hard they are rendered unconscious, often while other youths record the attack for online sites. Tedisco's bill will also include prison time for those convicted of attending to watch or record the assaults.
Tedisco says his measure is intended to be a deterrent to stop the game and avoid more serious injuries by what he calls "twisted and cowardly thugs."