New York to Charge 24-Year-Old Veteran in Death of Homeless Subway Rider

Protesters march through the Broadway-Lafayette subway station to protest the death of Jordan Neely, Wednesday afternoon, May 3, 2023 in New York. Four people were arrested, police said. Neely, a man who was suffering an apparent mental health episode aboard a New York City subway, died this week after being placed in a headlock by a fellow rider on Monday, May 1, according to police officials and video of the encounter.InternationalIndiaAfricaWASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Prosecutors in New York are reportedly set to charge a 24-year-old Marine Corps veteran with second-degree manslaughter for his alleged role in the chokehold death of a homeless rider on the New York City subway system.The defendant, Daniel Penny, is expected to appear in Manhattan criminal court for arraignment on Friday.Penny placed 30-year-old Jordan Neely in what appeared to be a chokehold during an altercation on the subway system on May 1. Penny’s lawyers claimed Neely was aggressively threatening others, and that the veteran acted to protect himself and fellow passengers. Video footage from the scene showed Neely being held in a chokehold for several minutes as the pair were on the train floor.A full picture of what unfolded before the fatal confrontation has yet to be fully given as witnesses have only just begun to file statements on the event.

Juan Alberto Vasquez, who filmed the incident, told US media he spotted Neely on the northbound train when he began screaming and saying he was hungry and thirsty before throwing his jacket on the ground.

Although he indicated travelers relocated away from Neely in response, Vasquez said he has no recollection of the initial confrontation between Neely and Penny – just that he heard a "thump" and saw the pair on the ground.

It was both footage of the incident and the release of Penny from police custody that subsequently prompted protests.The New York City Medical Examiner earlier ruled Neely’s death a homicide by compression of the neck. AmericasNew York Officials Point to Role of Mental Health After Chokehold Death of Subway Rider5 May, 00:30 GMTNew York Governor Kathy Hochul and New York City Mayor Eric Adams have pointed to the role that mental health may have played in the incident.

Neely, who had once been known as a Michael Jackson impersonator, later became well known among homeless outreach workers and police officials.


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