Curb stomp

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A curb stomp, also called a "California smile" or making someone bite the curb is a form of assault in which a victim's mouth is forcefully placed on a curb and then stomped from behind, causing severe injuries and sometimes death.[1][2] This practice has been used in hate crimes and other types of violent crimes.[3]

Notable incidents[edit]

  • In 2003, Tacoma, Washington resident Randall Townsend was killed by two white power skinheads in a curb-stomping incident that has been described as a hate crime.[4]
  • On August 26, 2011, Dane Hall was curb stomped in a homophobic attack outside a gay bar in Salt Lake City, Utah. He lost six teeth and suffered a broken jaw as a result of the attack.[5]
  • In 2013, curb stomping attacks were recorded during the Boston Red Sox victory parade.[3]

Cultural references[edit]

In film[edit]

In games[edit]

  • In the video game Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Ezio can curb stomp enemies in certain situations.
  • The third-person shooter video game Gears of War features a graphic depiction of a curb stomp.[8]
  • In the video game Resident Evil 5, Chris Redfield can curb stomp certain majini when they are in a prone position and when certain other conditions are met.
  • In the computer game Surgeon Simulator 2013 A&E Anniversary Edition, there is an achievement titled "No Need To Curb Stomp Him" obtained during a Teeth Transplant in an Ambulance.
  • In the video game BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma, the DLC character Yūki Terumi can execute multiple special moves, including curb stomping the opponent.

In literature[edit]

  • The novel Omega Minor, by the Flemish author Paul Verhaeghen, describes neo-Nazis curb stomping Turkish gang members during a riot.

In sports[edit]

  • WWE professional wrestler Seth Rollins uses the curb stomp as his finishing move.

In television[edit]


  1. ^ "More arrests in curb stomping death". CBC News. 2000-06-03. Retrieved 2014-05-04. 
  2. ^ "VolksFront". Gangland. November 28, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Jake O'Donnell (2013-11-05). "Red Sox Fans Curb Stomp Each Other At Victory Parade Meant To Unify City". Sports Grid. 
  4. ^ "Tacoma murder revisited". 
  5. ^ Pat Reavy (2011-09-01). "Gay man severely beaten outside club says he was victim of hate crime". Deseret News. 
  6. ^ Matt Barone, Javy Rodriguez, Ross Scarano, Tara Aquino (2013-05-05). "50 Most Hard-To-Watch scenes in movie history". Complex Pop Culture. 
  7. ^ John Sellers (2009-07-27). "Curb-Stomp — An Oral History of the Grisly ‘American History X’ Scene". True Slant. Retrieved 2014-05-04. 
  8. ^ "Curb Stomp". Giant Bomb. Retrieved 2014-05-04.