Racial attacks like the ones behind the arrest of 32 suspects in Denver are part of a trend spreading across the U.S., the Denver Post reports. Black gang members videotape 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. Kelly said he has been warning gang members for months that for the $20 they snatch from someone, they could do 20 years in prison. Denver police Lt. Matt Murray said that the same day Chief Gerry Whitman announced the arrests, a national TV program profiled a similar gang-fueled onslaught in Minneapolis.