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.
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.
A 26-year-old graduate student was recently shot to death while trying to enter an apartment he mistakenly thought was his.
Road rage is an everyday occurrence in New York City, but rarely does it amount to the profound harm recently suffered by two men on both sides of the altercation. A motorcycle helmet camera captured shocking video of a recent accident in upper Manhattan.