Jordan Neely’s killer on chokehold death: It had ‘nothing to do with race’
Daniel Penny, a Marine veteran who put Jordan Neely – a 30-year-old black homeless man – in a deadly chokehold, has spoken out and said it was “nothing to do with race”.
Penny, the 24-year-old white man whom authorities have charged with second-degree manslaughter almost two weeks after Neely’s death, open to the New York Post Several protests and talks ensued after the death racetreating people who are homeless And Mental health.
“It had nothing to do with race,” said Penny, who was released pending trial after being charged.
He also told The Post: “I judge a person by their character. I am not a white supremacist.”
Penny added that his travels prior to Neely’s death and his past speak to his character, explaining that he loves “all cultures.”
He went on to say that he was “deeply saddened by the loss of life.”
“It’s tragic what happened to him. “Hopefully we can change the system that has failed us so completely,” said Penny.
Penny’s comments come weeks after the May 1 death, which followed him holding Neely in a chokehold for around 15 minutes. said a witness. Coroners ruled the death a homicide and gave the cause of death as “neck compression (stranglehold)”.
Witnesses said Neely, who is known as a Michael Jackson impersonator, started screaming because he had nothing to eat or drink and said he “didn’t care” if he went to jail or died.
Penny and his lawyers said in a statement Neely “aggressively threatened” him and others in the subway car before the Marine veteran – with help from passengers – “intervened to protect himself until help arrived.”
Witnesses said that Neely did not attack anyone on the subway. according to CBS News.
When Penny was asked by The Post if he felt he “did something to be ashamed of,” he replied that he didn’t.
“I don’t, I mean, I always do what I think is right,” he said.
Penny faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted of second-degree manslaughter. Neely’s family and attorneys argued that the charges were insufficient and prompted Penny to face murder charges.
“We need full justice here and we urge us to keep moving forward until that happens,” Lennon Edwards, a family lawyer, said earlier this month.
Several politicians have commented on Neely’s death, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.), while Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is hoping to become a Republican presidential nominee, shared a legal defense fund for Penny and referred to him as…” the good Samaritan.”
Rev. Al Sharpton criticized the Republican’s comments in a eulogy for Neely on Friday.
“Apparently you don’t know what the Good Samaritan was,” he said.
“A good Samaritan helps those in need, they do not suffocate him.”