It's just boys being boys.
Kids just having fun.
A bunch of young people killing time ... and human beings.
Without video support, my description of the inner city game "Pick em' out, knock em' out" probably won't do justice to the animals who are perpetrating assaults on innocent citizens.
The game goes like this: Traditionally, a group of young persons pick out an unsuspecting victim and one of the members of the group is charged with delivering a knockout punch to the head of the unprepared target.
Lately, these animals have begun taping the attacks and putting them on You Tube so others can view their handiwork.
After sending the poor person to the ground, they run off laughing and boasting about the ferocity of the attack.
Among the videos, a 55-year-old homeless man assaulted in a Chicago train station from April 2011, hitting the floor out cold following a punch to the head - all caught on tape. A lone bystander comes over to check on the poor victim who is motionless and unconscious as the teens hustle onto the train celebrating their cheap victory.
Police investigators say the only way they can press charges against the young man - who has been identified by the way - is for the homeless man to press charges. Despite the fact the department has the video evidence with the young man on it, there's nothing they can do without the victim's involvement.
Justice at work.
Scotty Strahan, 18, turned himself in to police in November 2011 and was charged with two counts of aggravated battery.
On July 10, a 62-year-old father of 12 was selected by a group of three men, ages 16 to 18, outside of Chicago. While out collecting recyclable items in an alley, the three approached Delfino Mora, video taping the entire incident.
The 16-year-old, Malik Jones, approached Mora and asked him for money, then leveled the savage blow, sending Mora crashing to the ground. Mora's head reportedly struck the ground. The boys fled the scene, then returned a short time later to remove $60 from Mora's wallet, then left laughing.
Not content with the damage, police reports suggest the animals stole a dollar from a 64-year-old man later, using force to obtain it.
Mora was found three hours later, blood coming from his nose and vomit next to his head. He was declared dead the next day at a local hospital.
Twelve kids without a father. Sounds like a fun game.
According to a news report, all three teens have confessed and have been charged as adults with first-degree murder and are being held without bail.
And the classic follow-up explanation from Jones' father, Terry Jones: "He was only trying to knock him out."
Oh, well in that case, we should probably let him go. It was all just a big misunderstanding.
No this kind of barbaric, animal-based behavior needs to be dealt with harshly. These kids are more than old enough to know right from wrong and actions have consequences.
This isn't a game. This is a bunch of cowards, running like a pack of wild dogs, looking for victims who aren't in a position to defend themselves.
Last year, a 72-year-old Vietnamese immigrant was killed in another "Knock 'em out" case in St. Louis.
Noticing a trend here. They pick older people, expecting they can't fight back and caught off guard will be easy targets. You notice they aren't running into MMA training centers and cuffing any of those guys in the head. No, they look for those alone and vulnerable, making them the biggest cowards of all.
I would like to see them take this practice and dramatically increase the penalty so it includes mandatory prison time. And lots of it.
Hopefully these wild animals, when captured, will be placed behind bars so they can spend the remainder of their days in the zoo where they were meant to live.