Okla. lawmaker plans bill on 'knockout game'At least 2 deaths linked to assaults, ABC News reports
Published 11:31 PM CST Nov 26, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY —An Oklahoma lawmaker said he wants to address the "knockout game" with harsher penalties.
Police in several states, including New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, have reported violent attacks that have been linked to this sometimes deadly game that's garnered attention recently on the Internet.
People who are playing the game have reportedly punched strangers so hard that the victims fall over unconscious. At least two deaths have been linked to the assaults, according to ABC News.
Oklahoma State Rep. Bobby Cleveland, R-Slaughterville, plans to introduce a bill in the upcoming legislative session that would make an unprovoked battery a felony charge rather than a misdemeanor.
He said current laws are not tough enough. He wants teenagers to be tried as adults in these crimes.
"The only way it could be considered a felony is if you break a limb," said Cleveland. "If you don't break a limb, it's considered a misdemeanor in Oklahoma."
Cleveland said he also plans to create a harsher penalty, hoping those convicted would face a minimum of 10 years in prison.
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