Leftists Jump On NYC Subway Tracks, Fight NYPD Over Jordan Neely Death
Radical leftist activists have come together to protest over the death of a violent homeless man who was killed while being subdued by fellow passengers on a New York City subway.
Despite numerous witness statements that confirmed Jordan Neely had been making threats and acting erratically in the moments leading up to his death, the left has once again sided with a criminal over the law-abiding citizens he was terrorizing.
Neely had been arrested at least 42 times in the last decade, including for attempting to kidnap a seven-year-old girl. He was clearly mentally ill and violent, and 911 calls from fellow passengers on the subway during the incident show that he was issuing threats, “harassing people” and “attacking people.”
One passenger, 24-year-old college student and U.S. Marine Corps. veteran Daniel Penny, decided to take action to protect the people around him from the violent homeless man. Penny put Neely in a chokehold and held him down with the assistance of at least one other passenger.
Penny has since issued a statement through his legal team at Raiser and Kenniff, P.C., a law firm in New York.
“We would first like to express, on behalf of Daniel Penny, our condolences to those close to Mr. Neely,” the statement read. “Mr. Neely had a documented history of violent and erratic behavior, the apparent result of ongoing and untreated mental illness. 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.”
“For too long, those suffering from mental illness have been treated with indifference,” the statement continued. “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.”
Seeing this as just the latest escalation in New York City’s out-of-control crime crisis, homelessness crisis and mental illness crisis, Republicans have stood up in defense of the Marine veteran. Democrats, on the other hand, are split — with some saying that the incident was unfortunate but understanding that Penny did not intend to kill Neely, and others outright portraying Neely as a martyr.
Groups of leftist activists supporting the violent homeless man have been jumping onto the subway tracks in New York City in protest of the killing of Neely — bringing part of the subway system to a halt temporarily as they clashed with police.
According to the New York Post, at least seven activists were arrested during the chaotic protest at the Lexington Avenue and 63rd Street subway stop on the Upper East Side.
Some of the radical activists used the protest as an excuse to attack police, despite the fact that Neely’s death had nothing to do with the police.
Photojournalist Rebecca Brannon captured several videos of the demonstration, reporting that at least one officer was injured and may have broken his leg — and an activist can be heard shouting “I hope you die” at the injured officer.