Posted Wednesday, November 27, 2013 --- 11:15 a.m.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Republican state lawmaker says he is considering introducing a bill targeting the violent "knockout game" in which youths sucker-punch innocent bystanders for kicks.
Rep. Dean Kaufert, of Neenah, says in a statement released Wednesday that he is exploring possible legislation to create penalty enhancers and increase consequences for anyone who commits such an attack in Wisconsin.
At least two deaths have been linked to the game nationwide this year and police around the country have seen a recent spike in similar attacks. A New York state lawmaker has introduced a bill there treating juvenile offenders like adults and raising penalties.
Kaufert is also calling on Wisconsin state prosecutors and police to vigorously and swiftly prosecute any attacks in the state.
Copyright 2013: Associated Press