The media is calling it “knockout game” violence. This is a media euphemism for racial hate crime violence.
Police say a Mass Transportation Authority bus driver was punched in the face as part of the so-called “knockout game” that’s gained national attention.The “knockout game” has been blamed for attacks in several cities and involves suspects punching strangers for no reason.The Flint bus incident occurred around 6:40 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, when a man was attacked while driving the bus.The driver suffered several facial injuries, according to police. Another teen filmed the incident as it took place.Police originally said the incident occurred because one of the suspects was upset about having to pay a bus fare, but further investigation showed it was a planned attack, said Flint police Capt. Collin Birnie.“This was planned, orchestrated and filmed,” he said.A juvenile who punched the driver and a juvenile who filmed the incident have been arrested, Birnie said. A third suspect who police believe helped orchestrate it remains at large, he said.“The assault on the MTA bus driver, you’ve heard it referred to nationwide as the knockout game,” Birnie said. “That’s exactly what we had.”