A new video released on social media Sunday showed that Marine Daniel Penny, who placed Jordan Neely in a choke hold on the New York City subway last week, then put him into a recovery position and stayed around to see if he was all right after Neely passed out from the hold.
Others at the scene complimented 24-year-old Penny for his actions to subdue Neely, and he and another passenger put Neely on his side with his chin up, which generally keeps the airway open after a chokehold.
Neely seemed to be moving around at the end of the video, making it less clear why he died later that day.
He was a 30-year-old violent homeless man who had over 40 prior arrests and was acting aggressively toward passengers on the subway.
Protesters have jumped to the conclusion that Perry's chokehold was dangerous and was responsible for Neely's death.
They are angry that after being questioned about his actions on the subway, Perry was released and not held on any charges.
While Perry was not a member of law enforcement, the protests are reminiscent of others that have occurred when Black men and women died in police custody.
Eleven protesters were arrested Monday night, mostly for disorderly conduct. Police in the area found a Molotov cocktail on the ground but were unable to connect anyone to it.
Juan Alberto Vazquez, a passenger who took cell phone video of the incident, said that Neely came onto the subway and gave an "aggressive" speech about being hungry and thirsty and he "didn't care about going to jail" or even getting a life sentence.
Passengers interpreted this speech as a kind of threat against them, and it led to the chokehold by Perry.
The death has been ruled a homicide from "compression neck" due to the chokehold, and police have said they will continue to investigate before deciding whether to file charges against Perry in the death.
Protesters probably think their actions are going to get them what they want, but that is actually not the case. If police think it's a crime, they will charge Perry.
If they think his actions were justifiable because a mentally ill homeless man threatened the subway passengers, they are not going to charge him.
That's that, and all their little temper tantrum behaviors will not get them anywhere. At least, that's how it should be, otherwise the protesters' behavior is terrorism, plain and simple.