Alvin Bragg considering charges over death of subway rider with violent history

 May 4, 2023

Newsweek reported that a 42-year-old man named Jordan Neely died in New York City on Monday after being tackled and choked by fellow subway passengers. Neely had allegedly been shouting threats and acting belligerently.

According to The Hill, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is now considering whether to bring charges against the 24-year-old former Marine who choked him. 

Neely was wanted for assault at the time of his death

Newsweek noted that Neely was arrested on 42 occasions between 2013 and 2021, including for four alleged assaults. He had an outstanding arrest warrant for assault at the time of his passing.

Neely's death has been met with outrage by many on the left, including New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

New York City Comptroller Brad Lander expressed anger as well, accusing the 24-year-old Marine of being "a vigilante."

Democratic mayor pushes back against leftist rhetoric

However, not all Democrats have had the same response. New York Mayor Eric Adams pushed back against Ocasio-Cortez's comments during an appearance on "CNN Primetime."

"I don’t think that’s very responsible at a time when we’re still investigating the situation. Let’s let the DA conduct his investigation with the law enforcement officials, to really interfere with that is not the right thing to do," Adams said.

"And I’m going to be responsible and allow them to do their job and allow them to determine what exactly happened here," he added.

Some figures attempt to racialize incident

Meanwhile, podcast host Toure attempted to paint the incident in racial terms, tweeting, "I see a lot of white people put their comfort ahead of a Black homeless person's right to live."

However, other Twitter users pointed out that Toure appeared to justify the 2021 killing of an elderly white man who had allegedly used a racial slur.

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