Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg reportedly collaborated with New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) when deciding to arrest Daniel Penny, a 24-year-old Marine, for second-degree manslaughter in the death of 30-year-old homeless Black man, Jordan Neely on the subway on May 1.
Paul Mauro, a former NYPD Inspector and Fox News contributor, said that Adams responded to "political heat" over the incident and likely pressured the NYPD to arrest Penny.
"The only place that order could have come was from City Hall," Mauro said. "Alvin Bragg and Eric Adams consulted on this decision."
Mauro said that if Penny's case was given to a "grand jury of his peers," he believes the verdict would be that Penny acted in self-defense against Nealy, which is legal no matter what kind of chokehold was used.
While many Democrats have called for Penny's arrest after he used a chokehold on Neely, who passed out and later died in the hospital, many Republicans have said he was a hero who protected others on the subway after Neely threatened them.
At least one video showed Penny putting Neely into a recovery pose, which was supposed to keep his airway open and allow him to keep breathing while passed out.
It is not known whether Neely might have had a medical condition that led to his death from what should have been a fairly normal chokehold.
Conservatives are supporting Penny and have raised $1.8 million for his legal defense.
$118,000 has also been raised for Neely's funeral--much more than a funeral typically costs.
Bragg has wasted no time arresting Penny and requiring him to post $100,000 bond while letting violent criminals out of jail every day without any bail.
Neely, who had a mental health history, was arrested 42 times before the incident on the subway. Where was his bond in those cases, which included four instances of assault?
How many times does a person have to assault someone before they get sent to jail for more than a day in Alvin Bragg's New York City?
If Bragg and other prosecutors had done their jobs, Neely would not have been on the subway threatening people in the first place. He'd be in jail or maybe getting treatment for his mental health condition.
Maybe Bragg is the one who should be arrested for dereliction of duty until he starts taking all crime in the city seriously, not just when it involves victims of certain races and perpetrators of other ones.