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Sharpton Speaks Out Against 'Knockout' Trend

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Another local leader is speaking out in the wake of reports of a disturbing trend called "knockout."

At his weekly National Action Network rally in Harlem Saturday, the Rev. Al Sharpton denounced the alleged practice, in which someone supposedly tries to knock out a complete stranger with one punch.

Sharpton said that these assaults are far from a game.

"When you start condoning and you start trying to act like there's something funny about this kind of behavior, you set up the kind of crisis in the city and in the state that leads to the demise of everybody," Sharpton said. "We cannot have this kind of hysteria and not put it in check."

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said that the department is investigating multiple incidents that may be connected to "knockout," although he's also raised the possibility that it might just be an urban legend.

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