As part of a trend, black gang members videotape the assaults in trendy tourist districts, 32 arrested.
"Racial attacks like the ones behind the arrest of 32 suspects in Denver are part of a trend spreading across the country, gang experts said Saturday.
As part of the trend, black gang members videotape the assaults in trendy tourist districts and sell them on the underground market as entertainment.
“They knock a young white guy out with one blow to see if his knees will wobble and surround them and take their money,” said the Rev. Leon Kelly, who runs a Denver gang-prevention program. “It’s a joke.”
Denver police announced the 32 arrests Friday after a months-long undercover investigation into what authorities said were racially motivated assaults and robberies in Denver, including in the Lower Downtown entertainment district."
Several months ago, Kelly said, he got a copy of a videotape recorded in West Palm Beach, Fla. Gang members surrounded a white couple at a club. One of them told the others to hold on.
“He said, ‘Let me get this camera on.’ It’s a staged thing,” Kelly said.
The gang members crave the notoriety of having their one-punch knockouts recorded on tape and sold on the black market. They’ll rewind the tapes and watch them over and over, he said.
When they watch the videos and see a big punch landed and gang members at the scene start laughing, they’ll all break out laughing, said Kelly, who heads the Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives center.