Knockout game-style attacks: Did Denver police take too long to make them public?

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Earlier this week, we told you about three New Year's assaults in downtown that bear strong resemblances to the "knockout game" -- sucker punches intended to render random strangers unconscious.

Now, the Denver Police Department is facing criticism for taking the better part of a week to let the public know about the incidents mere months after apologizing for a delay in sharing info about a beating at a light-rail station. This time, though, DPD chief Robert White isn't saying anything was done wrong.

As we've reported, the three latest assaults took place on January 1 between 1:30 a.m. and 2:15 a.m. near a trio of major downtown intersections: 16th and Blake, 20th and Market, and 20th and Larimer.

Among those victimized was Nick Lloyd, who spoke with 9News about injuries he sustained after he and a friend were approached by a group of men: multiple facial fractures that will require surgery.

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Nick Lloyd, in a 9News image.
Since then, another victim, Matt Draper, has come forward. He shared this image....

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...with 7News, whose Marc Stewart also sat down with the DPD's White to ask why it had taken so long for the cops to release information about the incidents -- questions very similar to ones the chief faced last October over a beating at the 30th and Downing light-rail station that had actually taken place on September 18 -- not that anyone knew about it at the time.

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A screen capture from the September attack at the 30th and Downing light-rail station.
Indeed, it took three weeks or so for Crime Stoppers to release video from the attack, and CBS4 subsequently floated a theory about the reason behind this passage of time. Turns out victim Gregory Moscato (who stopped cooperating with the investigation) actually knew two of his attackers, raising the possibility that he'd been pummeled in the wake of a drug deal gone wrong.

Before that info surfaced, though, White held a news conference during which he said, "In hindsight we absolutely should have released this information earlier to the community. The desire is to balance notifying the community with closing the case."

There's been no such mea culpa this time around, as witnessed by both White's conversation with 7News and a series of semi-defensive tweets sent out by the department.

Continue for more about the knockout game-style attacks, including a photo and two videos.


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Daniel J. King IV
Daniel J. King IV

Dev Adams - you're SO FULL of SHIT, you probably VOTED for Obama TWICE & think he's HONEST, TOO !!! Remember, you can KEEP YOUR SAME Doctor...

Daniel J. King IV
Daniel J. King IV

"Negroes protecting Negroes" = Yeah Sure Chief White, it's NOT RACIST - Black Thugs ONLY Attacking Whites = you LIAR !!!

Josh Bradley
Josh Bradley

Agreed, stop even mentioning it's a fucking game, it's not, it's assault pure and simple. Westword is only adding to the problem by doing so. I can't wait until they try it on someone who winds up shooting them dead. Might be worth the DPD's time to have an undercover officer stumble around/appear drunk or vulberable by themselves late at night to try and catch people. Backup could easily monitor and tell them when to duck :P

Nathan Dant
Nathan Dant

Im fascinated by this phenomenon. More over the defenders of the attackers. People wish to uphold the status quo, so they refuse to acknowledge the attacks are racially motivated. Civilians in Nazi Germany made this same mistake and people have not yet learned that racial violence is unacceptable in any way.

stuka1
stuka1

ONLY a WEEK?  Really?   How long did it take DPD to admit the 30-some-odd gang-banger knockout attacks downtown and gang baseball-bat attacks in Cap Hill a couple of summers ago?  Is Westword completely unaware of this?

Nathan Dant
Nathan Dant

Its not a media scare. It is actually happening. As long as people want to pretend its just hype and refuse to address the real issue, innocent people will be attacked and attackers will get shot.

AACunningham
AACunningham

One thing is for certain, if caucasians were the perps instead of the victims, White and his mouthpiece Sonny Jackson would have been like white on rice finding a microphone and a camera telling the world that honkies were in LoDo playing the knockout game.


A message to rent-a-cop Robert White and the hooker patronizing Michael Hancock, if some feral vermin thug tries to play this game with me or any other CCW holder in Denver, he/she is going to get pumped full of hollow points. We're not going to wait for you and your band of inept buffoons to show up 30 minutes after the fact to take a report.

Jay Baca
Jay Baca

Really...what planet did you wake up from? it's been around!

Jay Baca
Jay Baca

Yes- I am a victim of that game when it first showed it's face. At first they referred o it as hate crimes against Hispanic males. Denver don't want to admit it but it's here. The next time someone wants to play that game with me, they will play and pay for it with their life. Walk withing close proximity of others and always look behind you often till this subsides.

Ryan Lusby
Ryan Lusby

Chief White will also tell you, "we do not have a gang problem" and "our hit and runs are not the highest in the nation"! Ever notice that they never ask for the publics help in an investigation until they are stumped?? And that is typically 5-10 days after the incident! They do not want one of us "Civilians" solving their crimes! Arrogant!!!

D Noe
D Noe

Stop calling it that. It's not a fucking game and you're not helping by perpetuating this attack "brand" as it were.

James Gold
James Gold

I guess the answer to that question depends on if you've been punched in the face by a stranger yet or not.

Suni Daze
Suni Daze

yeah .....call the cops ....... in this city that could get killed .

Dev Adams
Dev Adams

The knockout game is a media invention. The media's reporting on these assaulting criminals is irresponsible and producing copycats.

Bo Richardson
Bo Richardson

YUP! I heard about this about a month or so ago happening in other cities AS SOON as it started.

Steve Holmberg
Steve Holmberg

Should have been broadcast immediately...we were in a hotel downtown and almost went out into the street late night!

VerryFunney
VerryFunney

If these perps were whites attacking blacks because they were 'black', we would have heard about this a long time go. Only in Obama-ville does this news go un-reported......

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

If there were a rash of Sexual Assaults by youth across the country, would the idiot media perpetuate the activity by calling it -- "The Rape Game" ??




Barnabey
Barnabey

I would have been irresponsible to do so until a pattern was established. It's the Department's AND the media's responsibility not to cause panic. 

VerryFunney
VerryFunney

@DonkeyHotay  Let's BAN fists so these meanies will stop assaulting people.. The freak here would surely agree with that. Right freak?

stanley1
stanley1

@DonkeyHotay @VerryFunney  "Racist!" The cry of the stupid, uninformed, the pathetic, intellectually bankrupt, and cowardly when they are confronted with logic they can't rebut. I.E.=You. Fucking little panty-waste pussy. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@VerryFunney


GunTard "logic" -- laws criminalizing assault only stop honest people from committing assault. Therefore they don't work.



stanley1
stanley1

@DonkeyHotay @VerryFunney Donkey=Fucking moron who shits himself at the thought of a gun. Pussy-ass little bitch.

Barnabey
Barnabey

@VerryFunney @DonkeyHotay  Murder is illegal, yet people still murder. Same is true with any law. So let's just get rid of ALL laws! 


You're a fucking idiot. No wonder you voted Republican. 

VerryFunney
VerryFunney

@DonkeyHotay @VerryFunney Assault is already illegal. But as you see, these thugs just 'ignore' this law. Maybe an FIST ban will solve the problem. Right lib-tard? 

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