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Inadequate Security At Issue In Elevator Stabbings

Many Brooklyn parents are fearful for the lives of their children after two people were fatally stabbed in elevators during separate attacks in the past week. A 7-year-old girl remains in critical condition from her stabbing. The suspect has not been apprehended.

Both stabbing attacks occurred in public housing projects in Brooklyn, bringing focus to inadequate security within the buildings. Many of New York City’s public housing projects do not have security cameras, even though $60 million has been set aside for the installation and maintenance of surveillance cameras.

“I’m extraordinarily concerned and angered about the idea that children cannot in their own building feel safe taking the elevator,” Police Commissioner William J. Bratton said. “We’re going to get this character, and we will hopefully get him very, very quickly.”

While the stabbing suspect is morally responsible for stabbing three innocent people and killing two, New York City could share some of the liability for the attacks.

If families of the victims can prove that NYC acted negligently by failing to install security cameras, they may be able to recover money damages from the city.

Source: USA Today, “Two Children Stabbed, One Fatally, In NYC Elevator,” Melanie Eversley, June 3, 2014

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