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Assemblyman introduces "Knockout Game" legislation

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Albany/HV: Assemblyman introduces "Knockout Game" legislation
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- A dangerous new "game" is trending throughout the United States, even surfacing here in New York.

"The Knock Out Game is individuals trying to use one punch to provide complete unconsciousness to the individual and just knock them out and seriously injure them," said Jim Tedisco, Assembly, Glenville.

"It's not a kick to the leg, it's not a shot to the ribs, it's a punch to the head," said John Cooney, Troy Police Captain.

Male, female, young and old, there seems to be no rhyme or reason for how victims are chosen.

Media outlets have reported victims ranging from a 78 year-old woman to a 12 year-old boy.

"It creates status for these individuals. The more knock outs they get with the gang, the more status they get," Tedisco added.

Worse still, the perpetrators seem to show no remorse for their actions, posting videos of their knock outs on social media.

"It's just senseless brutal conduct on the part of an individual that will destroy or change the lives of both persons that are involved," Cooney went on to say.

Assemblyman Jim Tedisco says new legislation may help prevent the senseless acts. He wants to raise the attack from a D felony to a B felony.

"If you want to be a big man and pound your chest, you're going to get a big man's penalty," Tedisco added,

And anyone convicted of the crime, regardless of their age, would be sentenced as an adult, spending a maximum of up to 25 years in jail. Bystanders would be punished, too.

"Our main obligation is to protect innocent, honest, law abiding citizens and this law I think will help to do that," said Tedisco.

"Society needs to say enough is enough," Cooney went on to say.

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