A violent phenomenon sweeping the world, known as "Knockout",
where vulnerable bystanders are king hit, won't be tolerated
in NSW, Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione says.
The craze stems from the video game the Ultimate Fighting
Champion and has been linked to deaths in the US with
perpetrators uploading YouTube videos of their vicious,
The aim is to sneak up from behind and knock out an
unsuspecting victim with one hit.
"This is the sort of phenomenon that is circling the world
because it's that '15 seconds of fame'," Mr Scipione told
reporters on Wednesday.
"I, for one, don't even want to think about it coming here.
"People are preyed upon, not because of who they are or what
they are carrying, but simply because they are vulnerable."
The commissioner made it clear that police "will come down
like a tonne of bricks" if the craze starts in NSW.
He highlighted one shocking incident in New Jersey, US, in
September, where a 46-year-old man was found dead on the
He was left with a broken neck and found lodged between two
iron fence posts.
"When they got to the bottom of that particular matter, the
reality was two 14-year-old boys were involved in that
king-hit game," he said.
While no assaults in NSW have been linked to the craze, there
have been a number of high-profile king-hit attacks in
Thomas Kelly, 18, died after being hit in Kings Cross last
Kieran Loveridge received a minimum four-year jail term in
November for the teen's death.
The latest warning comes after NSW Police along with law
enforcement agencies across Australasia launched their annual
blitz against alcohol-related violence this weekend.
Operation Unite will take place this Friday and Saturday
night with hundreds of extra NSW officers targeting drunken