The controversial stop-and-frisk police tactics in New York City continue to be legally challenged and are being intensely scrutinized by the courts. Recent court rulings indicate judges are becoming increasingly critical of the practice, and speculation is rampant whether the tactic is denying New Yorkers of their constitutional rights in order to reduce crime.
Last month a trench collapsed at a Staten Island construction site, killing a 29-year-old worker. The worker was helping to replace a pipe in a six foot deep trench when the sides gave way, burying him inside the trench. A preliminary investigation of the construction site tragedy indicated that the trench lacked necessary wood bracing.