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Knockout, also known as the knockout game and knockout king, is a violent activity played by teenagers in which they attack an innocent pedestrian in an attempt to knock him or her unconscious with one punch. The game can result in serious injuries or death for its victims and corresponding criminal charges for those playing it.
Cases involving teens playing knockout come to light when extremely serious consequences turn deadly. In one such case, in 1992, three teens were charged with assaulting an MIT student while he and a friend were walking near campus. Prosecutors said that one of the teens stabbed the student through the heart, killing him. In another case, a St. Louis, Missouri teenager and his friends allegedly attacked a couple as they were walking home from the market. After one of the teens struck the man, he hit his head on the ground and ultimately died in hospital.
Both cases involved immigrants. The MIT student was Norwegian and was chatting with a compatriot when he was killed. The victim in St. Louis was a Vietnamese immigrant that was walking home from the Vietnamese market with his wife. Although authorities are unsure whether immigrants are targeted, the fact that immigrants are victims often makes other immigrants in the same area feel more at risk.
On September 20, 2012 According to the authorities, St. Cloud Police were dispatched around 11:20 p.m. on Sept. 20, 2012 on a report of an assault in the 600 block, between 8th and 9th avenues south. Investigators say Smithers was a passenger in a vehicle that was driving through the alley where the victim, Colton Gleason, and two other individuals were walking. Smithers, a black male, told the driver to stop the car and then got out of the vehicle. Charges say Smithers then approached the group and struck Gleason in the head with a closed fist. Gleason dropped to the ground. Smither then got back into the vehicle and said he punched Gleason. Police say Gleason was unconscious while being transported by ambulance to St. Cloud Hospital, and regained consciousness at the hospital, but died from his injuries. Police arrested Smithers after receiving a tip a few days later. Smithers’ bail was set at $1,000,000 with no conditions and $500,000 with conditions. 
In May 2013, a 51 year-old man named Michael Daniels died from his injuries after he was attacked outside a convenience store in Syracuse, NY, by two teenagers playing the game. The suspects, 15 year-old Ander Grady and an unnamed 13 year-old, were charged with manslaughter. Grady's charges were later upgraded to criminally negligent homicide, reckless endangerment, and assault.