Manhattan DA Bragg to charge veteran in death of Jordan Neely

 May 12, 2023

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is expected to press charges against a former Marine who killed Jordan Neely in an effort he claimed was self-defense and protecting those around him.

Daniel Penny was initially released following questioning but now faces arrest for manslaughter in the controversial case.

Penny's response

“We would first like to express, on behalf of Daniel Penny, our condolences to those close to Mr. Neely,” his attorneys said. “When Mr. Neely began aggressively threatening Daniel Penny and the other passengers, Daniel, with the help of others, acted to protect themselves, until help arrived.”

“Daniel never intended to harm Mr. Neely and could not have foreseen his untimely death,” his attorneys added. “We hope that out of this awful tragedy will come a new commitment by our elected officials to address the mental health crisis on our streets and subways.”

The incident

"Jordan Neely was a 30-year-old homeless man, a repeat offender with over 40 prior arrests and severe mental illness issues. Neely died on May 1 after Penny, 24, had placed him into a chokehold after Neely had reportedly started behaving erratically and showing aggression towards other passengers," the Post Millennial reported.

"Footage from the day showed Penny placing Neely in a 'recovery position' in an attempt to make sure he was okay," it added.

"Penny, 24, will turn himself in at the NYPD’s 5th Precinct in Chinatown on Friday morning, high-ranking police sources said Thursday," the New York Post reported.

"He will be arrested on a criminal complaint charging him with second-degree manslaughter, which could carry a jail term of up to 15 years, according to prosecutors," it added.

The city's medical examiner ruled the death a homicide due to neck compression, according to reports.

Neely was a homeless man with an arrest record, including a warrant for his arrest from 2021.

The recording of the incident has sparked strong emotions from people taking various sides in Neely's death, with Bragg announcing the decision on Thursday.

The case could become a major national issue following controversial cases in recent years such as George Floyd in 2020.

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