Police in another state recently arrested a 43-year old parolee from Yonkers, New York for drug charges and for assaulting a police officer. Police observed the man was as he walked along a road without a flashlight, about to be struck by a passing car. The officer attempted to talk to the man in the parking lot of a local gas station, but he hit the officer in the face, tried to steal his radio, and took off running.
While much of the attention directed at the social problem of domestic violence has focused on battered wives, men are also the victim of domestic abuse, a problem that is frequently overlooked. According a 2010 study done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 25 percent of men are the victims of rape, stalking, or domestic violence by a significant other. The study's findings report a decrease in the number of domestic abuse incidents against women, but an increase in the number of incidents against men. This is likely due to the fact that domestic violence against men is still considered a taboo subject among many, as well as a source of shame and embarrassment. In addition, many male victims of domestic violence are in same-sex relationships and may not report the crime due to a fear of having their homosexual status made public. Men are considered to be the stronger gender, so being beaten by a spouse may be seen as a sign of weakness.
The borough of Staten Island is making plans to build a shelter for victims of domestic violence in response to the increasing occurrence of domestic assault arrests in the area. The shelter is being described as a "one-stop haven" where victims of domestic assault will meet with prosecutors and counselors to discuss their cases. Similar centers are already in operation in Brooklyn and Queens, with one in Manhattan also scheduled to open. The centers are operated by the New York City Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence.
Recently, two corrections officers with Riker's Island prison in New York City were arrested and charged with dealing illegal drugs to inmates. The guards, both 31 years old, were arrested and charged with drug trafficking by Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) officials after they were allegedly observed dealing drugs to inmates. The two men were also accused of smuggling scalpels to prisoners for use as weapons. According to law enforcement, the guards ordered drugs for the inmates through an intermediary, usually a wife or a girlfriend of the inmate. Over 30 correctional officers have been arrested in connection with drug trafficking over the past decade. Both officers in this case face a sentence of up to ten years in prison.