(WMC-TV) - A crime phenomenon called the Knockout Game has injured people across the country, including Memphis.
Law enforcement across the country is on alert.
The crime phenomenon is usually done by teens. The attacks are random, and the goal is to knock a victim unconscious with a single punch.
If one player does not succeed in knocking out the victim then others will join in to finish the job.
Incidents have been reported all over the country. St. Louis has formed a special task to handle the problem there. In that city a 20-year-old was recently sentenced to 55 years in prison for killing a 72-year-old man during a knockout.
The Associated Press reports at least a half dozen people in St. Louis have been randomly targeted and injured by players of the game. The mayor there happened upon a victim of the game and called for juveniles to be tried as adults.
In response, a special police squad was assigned to investigate the crimes and a prosecutor was designed to handle the cases.
Memphis police have seen it before, but the number has dropped significantly.
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