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NYC Subway Rider Dies From Chokehold By Another Passenger

May 8, 2023 | By Kali Girl

New York City’s medical examiner has determined that the death of Jordan Neely, a homeless man, who was placed in a chokehold by another passenger on a subway train last week, was a homicide, reports the New York Times. According to Julie Bolcer, a spokesperson for the medical examiner, Mr. Neely died from compression to his neck caused by the chokehold.

Eyewitnesses reported that Mr. Neely was screaming at fellow passengers on an F train in Manhattan when the other rider placed him in the chokehold, holding him for several minutes until he lost consciousness.

“As part of our rigorous ongoing investigation, we will review the Medical Examiner’s report, assess all available video and photo footage, identify and interview as many witnesses as possible, and obtain additional medical records,” the district attorney’s spokesman said in a statement.

On Monday, the 30-year-old Michael Jackson impersonator named Mr. Neely was riding the subway and was reportedly shouting that he was hungry and ready to die. A fellow passenger, Daniel Penny (24), approached Mr. Neely and proceeded to choke him.

The disturbing episode was captured on a nearly four-minute video, which shows some passengers attempting to restrain Mr. Neely while others watched on.

According to CNN, Governor Kathy Hochul has expressed her concern over the incident during a news conference on Thursday, stating “I do want to acknowledge how horrific it was to view a video of Jordan Neely being killed for being a passenger on the subway trains.”

“There had to be consequences, and so we’ll see how this unfolds. But his family deserves justice.”

The governor added Neely was held down “until the last breath was snuffed out of him,” describing the passengers’ response as “very extreme.

According to the New York law, individuals are permitted to use physical force against others if they believe that such action is required to defend themselves or others. However, the use of deadly physical force is only justified if an individual has valid reasons to believe that an assailant poses a lethal threat.

Mayor Eric Adams called the death “tragic,” and said, “there’s a lot we don’t know about what happened here.” He added, “However, we do know that there were serious mental health issues in play here, which is why our administration has made record investments in providing care to those who need it and getting people off the streets and the subways, and out of dangerous situations.”

The mayor appeared on CNN to emphasize the need for caution. The mayor’s statement came in response to Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s claim that Mr. Neely had been ‘murdered.’ However, the mayor refuted this assertion, urging the public to wait for the full investigation to unfold before jumping to conclusions.

Christopher Fee, an English professor at Gettysburg College who teaches about homelessness said, ‘The case raises questions about how people respond to the actions of the “poor, the unhoused and most especially those perceived as suffering from mental illness.”’

“Those bystanders may have felt threatened by the victim, but they were not in fact attacked by him,” he said. “Still, they watched him die.”

Progressive leaders are describing as a “lynching,” carried out by another commuter who appeared to be white.”

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