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Dangerous street game `knockout` gains ground in Chicago

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Reports of a very mean and dangerous street game called "knockout" taking place in Chicago have reached FOX 32 News.

The disturbing game of sucker-punching victims and capturing the whole thing on video is happening in some of the nation's biggest cities, including New York City, Washington D.C. and Pittsburgh. it is being exacerbated by the Internet and social media.

The Chicago Police Department told FOX 32 Friday morning that they have no cases, but sources say otherwise.

A Chicago community activist and at least two police sources told FOX 32 the disturbing game of sucker-punching victims and capturing the whole thing on video is here. Incidents are said to have taken place on the South Side near CTA bus stops and in the middle of the afternoon on the Magnificent Mile and in River North areas.

These horrific crimes are being captured on camera. You'll see a victim walking along, unaware of what is about to happen and then pow – they're struck in the head and knocked out cold.

One victim from Washington says the man who punched her said the phrase, "Wah-pow!" These attacks are resulting in serious injury. Sometimes the consequences can be deadly.

Clearly the Internet doesn't help, giving some of the attackers a forum to earn "bragging rights" far beyond their own small circle of friends. Some of these videos have received up to 500,00 hits on YouTube. One man even proclaimed himself the "Knockout King."

FOX 32's Tisha Lewis reported on a Chicago case back in 2011. She showed the video to the parents of the accused teen in the case.

"It happened in April. I know he was going through some things in April," his mother told FOX 32. "We tried to fix all of that."

The people who are committing this crime are teenagers. As disgusting as it may sound, some of them are calling this kind of activity "fun." To the victims, "knockout" is anything but fun.

A piece of advice: If you're on a bus and getting off the bus – anywhere, really – and you see people videotaping you for no reason at all, that may be an indication that something may be about to go down.

Be on your guard. Stay alert and aware of your surroundings, in order to build a foundation for keeping yourself safe.

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