Salisbury SUCKER PUNCH Saturday: Celebrating the RFP’s First Article to Go 10K Facebook Shares in 2013 and Put Salisbury on the Map

Posted on May 7, 2016



RFP Staff

♦ Salisbury SUCKER PUNCH Saturday: Celebrating the RFP’s First Article to Go 10K Facebook Shares in 2013 and Put Salisbury on the Map:

https://rowanfreepress.com/2013/11/29/brutal-knockout-game-in-salisbury-a-growing-menace/

Back in December of 2013 the Rowan Free Press chronicled a form of simple assault mostly known as the “sucker punch” or sometimes known as “sneak em'”. In 2013 the “sucker Punch” style of assault went through a brief nationwide rebranding known as the “Knockout Game”. We asked the question: Brutal Knockout Game in Salisbury a Growing Menace?
The answer came back loud and clear by the Salisbury Violence Deniers: “Oh no–not here. Not in Salisbury. We never have people punched out on the street. No violence in Salisbury. Ever.
Of course we all know that simple assaults, often led off by a sucker punch, are a fact of life. Simply read the daily bulletin on the Salisbury Police website or the blotter appearing in the local print paper.

What truly helped gain publicity for the article and its array of Youtubes was when ex-“OxyContin” Police Chief Rory Collins sent the Rowan Free Press a loopy letter demanding that we take our article down and violate the RFP’s free speech. The RFP had no intention of taking the article down. The Chief’s letter backfired and created a barrage of free publicity for the Rowan Free Press and drew attention to the city’s major challenges with criminal violence throughout the city. Disappointingly violence remains part of everyday life in Salisbury.

Our former Salisbury City Manager Doug Paris diligently answered our public information request the same week for all the police simple assault reports over a two year period. He dropped off a box brimming and weighty with simple assault reports.

The “sucker punch” remains alive and well on the streets of Salisbury as it has since the 20’s although the term “the Knockout Game” has long since fallen out of vogue in social media.

Some Other Rowan Free Press articles to go over 10K Facebook shares:

N.C Law for Defending Your Home, Vehicles, and Work Place: Castle Doctrine:

https://rowanfreepress.com/2014/03/30/n-c-law-for-defending-your-home-vehicles-and-work-place-castle-doctrine/

Salisbury, N.C. Ranked 9th Most Dangerous City in North Carolina:

https://rowanfreepress.com/2015/04/28/salisbury-n-c-ranked-9th-most-dangerous-city-in-north-carolina/

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