The NYPD is facing intense media scrutiny after surveillance video surfaced showing alleged use of excessive force in New York City (specifically, the Bed Stuy neighborhood of Brooklyn). Shot without the officers' knowledge, the video shows two officers approaching 16-year old Kahreem Tribble. One officer then takes a swing at the boy (with a closed fist). Tribble backs away, pinned against a security gate, when the second officer rushes in with his firearm drawn. Tribble raises his hands in a gesture of surrender but that doesn't stop the second officer from smashing his gun into the young man's mouth, shattering teeth.
The New York tourism industry is rocking after two sightseeing bus crashes in as many months. The shocking Times Square tour bus accident in New York City sent 14 people seeking emergency medical services with three of those listed in serious condition. This comes just days after a tour bus owned and operated by a company in Chinatown, a bus full of New Yorkers, left the road and overturned, killing two unsuspecting passengers.
A fatal construction accident in Manhattan late last month claimed the life of a 27-year old hardhat. Rodolfo Vasquez-Galain was working at a jobsite in the Garment District-building a new hotel from the ground up--when a massive improperly secured slab of concrete, weighing tons, apparently fell from a higher floor and came down on him. He was crushed from the waist down. His fellow workers rushed to his aid and tried but failed to lift the slab off of him. Firefighters arrived on scene within minutes. He was declared dead at the scene.
A horrific New York tour bus accident in Delaware claimed the lives of two women and sent 48 more individuals to the hospital with various injuries after the vehicle rolled over on an exit ramp in New Castle. The bus, operated by Am USA Express Incorporated of New York's Chinatown, overturned after rolling down a grassy embankment, tossing 49 passengers about the cabin like rag dolls. Dr. Rob Rosenbaum (an emergency room physician at Christiana Care) reported that some individuals suffered head injuries, broken ribs, internal injuries, and fractures.
Air conditioners. New Yorkers pass under them every day, oblivious to the danger that's hanging precariously over their heads. Injuries caused by falling objects from apartments and buildings are often covered under New York premises liability law and injured parties can bring civil lawsuits against at fault parties. But just how common is it for a person to be struck by say, a falling air conditioner?
A fatal New York City bus accident left one woman dead and left many questioning the safety precautions employed by City drivers. The unnamed 50-year old victim was pinned under the bus's wheels shortly after stepping off the B44 bus in Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. Witnesses say the woman dropped her phone as she was exiting the bus and bent to retrieve it. The driver put the bus in motion while the woman was still under the bus. She was killed instantly when the rear wheels rolled over her.
Police shootings have captured headlines around the country recently and there has been yet another officer-involved incident right here in Harlem. On September 4th an unarmed man was shot by a NYPD officer during a struggle in Marcus Garvey Park. The 28-year old victim (an unnamed male) was rushed to the hospital with a single gunshot wound to the upper torso. While the NYPD is investigating, critiques are calling this a clear case of excessive force in New York City.
An annual report by the Department of Mental Health and Hygiene shows that, yet again, auto accidents in New York City are the number one injury-related killer of children under the age of 15. Nearly 25% of all injury-related deaths of children in that age group are caused directly by auto collisions or pedestrian collisions on NYC streets.
A rare elevator accident in New York City has claimed the life of a young man. Responders were called to a building at 680 Tinton Ave. in the Bronx on July 28th after a young man was discovered trapped between an elevator car and the inside of the elevator shaft. Rescuers arrived on scene but the man, 20 year old Tito Morales, was unconscious and unresponsive. He was carefully extracted but pronounced dead at the scene.
A construction accident in New York late last month was a close call for workers refurbishing an apartment building located at 235 West 79th Street. A parapet on top of the roof collapsed, sending tons of brick tumbling got the ground below. The bricks smashed through a scaffolding set up to give workers access to upper levels and rained down on a cordoned-off area around the side of the building. Parts of the scaffolding also became unsecured and fell as well, adding to the dangerous projectiles. The falling objects finally smashed through a shed on the property but thankfully no one was injured.