A Brooklyn teacher was arrested Monday after allegedly slapping and punching a 14-year-old student. The teen suffered eye injuries in the attack. The male teacher, 34, is charged with assault and endangering the welfare of a child.
Most school officials, coaches and students understand the seriousness of hazing in youth athletics. Once shrugged off as "rites of passage," most people understand that hazing-related assault can cause profound psychological damage to the victims - in addition to obvious physical injuries - and may result in depression, irreversible psychological trauma and suicide.
The accidental death of an unarmed man in a Brooklyn housing project has raised plenty of questions about police protocol. Two police officers were doing routine patrols of the Louis H. Pink houses when one of them accidentally discharged his firearm just as Akai Gurley, 28, entered the stairwell. The errant bullet struck Gurley in the chest, fatally wounding him.
At 6-foot-5 and 350 pounds Eric Garner was an imposing figure but a gentle giant, according to friends and family members. His family, which includes six children and a wife, is still trying to understand what caused his death during an arrest Thursday evening.
A 26-year-old graduate student was recently shot to death while trying to enter an apartment he mistakenly thought was his.
A 4-year-old boy is dead after police found him unconscious inside a bathtub at his baby sitter's apartment in Hell's Kitchen. When confronted, the baby sitter admitted to abusing the child because he was behaving poorly, although she has not admitted that her abuse was the cause of the child's death.