UPDATE: Representative hopes to stop ‘knockout game’ from reaching state with new bill
OKLAHOMA CITY – A state lawmaker is hoping to stop a dangerous game before it starts in Oklahoma.
It’s touted as a nationwide trend among teenagers called the “knockout game.”
It involves an unprovoked attempt to knock out victims, including the elderly, just for fun.
“Players” are recorded blindsiding and sucker punching victims on the street without any provocation.
The videos are then posted on social media.
It’s a game that has reportedly resulted in fatalities.
Oklahoma State Rep. Bobby Cleveland plans to introduce a bill that he hopes will discourage those attacks.
Currently, a sucker punch like this would get a teenager only 90 days in jail because it’s a misdemeanor assault and battery offense.
Cleveland’s bill will make this kind of attack a felony.
Also, a minor could be charged as an adult and the minimum penalty would be 10 years in prison.
“I would hope it wouldn’t happen in Oklahoma but I don’t think that we need to wait for it to happen. We need to be proactive on it,” Cleveland said. “Whether we’re walking to a Thunder game or we’re at Penn Square Mall, we should not be concerned about that.”
He says the bill will be introduced during the next legislative session.