According to two recent Dakota County Criminal Complaints (here and here), two Burnsville men (ages 18 and 20) were arrested and charged with third degree assault after beating a man senseless and breaking his nose following a failed game of “Sack Tapping” (seriously, read that article).
From the complaint:
On arrival, officers observed a male victim lying on the ground in the parking lot with injury to his head. The victim had blood coming from his mouth and his left cheekbone was very large and puffy. He also had several marks on his forehead and told the officer that his left ear hurt tremendously. The officer observed a cut behind the victim’s left ear and also observed numerous marks and blood coming from the victim’s scalp. The victim stated that he was assaulted by James and Alex. The victim stated that he was in fear for his life and thought that he was going to have serious brain damage if the people continued hitting him. He was unsure if he lost consciousness. He stated that he was first assaulted by James inside the apartment and was assaulted by James and Alex again in the parking lot as he was trying to leave.
Officers also spoke to Siewert, who stated that he had about ten to fifteen people over to his apartment that evening and everyone was drinking alcohol. Siewert stated that they started to play a game where they hit each other in the testicles. Parker hit the victim in the testicles and the victim became upset and told Parker he was going to fight him. Siewert stated that he got in the victim’s face and told him that he was not going to fight Parker. Siewert admitted to shoving the victim, and stated that the victim then punched him in the face. Siewert stated that he then punched the victim in the face, knocking him to the ground. Siwert stated that the victim and Parker began to fight, and that the victim was on top of Parker.
The witness stated that after he pulled the first suspect off of the victim, the second suspect continued to beat him. The witness stated that he then released the first suspect, who seemed to have calmed down, but that the first suspect then ran around him and kicked the victim in the head three times.
I tried and tried to come up with some sort of discussion questions here but honestly, I just don’t know what to say about a bunch of 18 to 20-somethings hitting each other in the testicles. What about you?