Daniel Penny (left) and Jordan Neely (right)

Killing of Jordan Neely

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The Killing of Jordan Neely refers to the killing of Jordan Neely, a homeless 30-year-old Black man, by Daniel Penny, a 24-year-old white Marine veteran, who put Neely in a chokehold in order to restrain him after he reportedly behaved erratically on the New York City subway. Neely's death sparked debate on social media and was followed by protests in New York City. On May 11th, it was announced that Penny will be charged with second-degree manslaughter.


On May 1st, 2023, Jordan Neely, a homeless 30-year-old homeless man, boarded an F train of the New York City subway. As the train departed, Neely reportedly started to loudly yell "I don't have food, I don't have a drink, I'm fed up" and that he didn't going to jail and getting a life sentence.[1] Neely was entered a scuffle with y Daniel Penny, a 24-year-old former Marine travelling the same train, who placed Neely in a rear naked choke.[18]

According to Juan Alberto Vázquez,[1][2] a freelance journalist who filmed[3] three minutes of the incident, Penny held Neely in the position for nearly 15 minutes. During this time, Penny and other passengers requested police to arrive at the scene. The video filmed Vázquez shows that Penny was assisted by two other men, and that passengers who stayed in the subway car expressed support for Penny's actions.

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After Neely became motionless, Penny placed Neely on his side to prevent him from choking on his own spit. At 2:30pm, after receiving a call about a fight at 2:27pm, the New York Police Department arrived at the scene,[4] administering first aid to unconscious Neely. Neely then was taken to Lenox Hill Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.[5]

On Monday, May 1, 2023 at approximately 1427 hours, police responded to multiple 911 calls of an incident at the Broadway-Lafayette Street subway station, located within the confines of the 5th Precinct and Transit District 4. Upon arrival, officers discovered a 30-year-old male unconscious on the floor of a northbound 'F' train with a number of individuals standing at the scene. Officers began administering CPR and EMS responded and transported the aided male to Lenox Health Greenwich Village, where he was pronounced deceased. On Wednesday, May 3, 2023 the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner deemed this incident a homicide. The New York City Police Department's first priority is always to seek justice. As part of the ongoing investigation into this tragic incident, NYPD detectives are actively reviewing footage and all other available information. The NYPD continues to work closely with investigators at the Office of the Manhattan District Attorney. In an attempt to identify and interview as many witnesses as possible, the NYPD urges anyone who saw or has any information about this matter to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at https://crimestoppers.nypdonline.org/, or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls are strictly confidential. POLICE DEPARTMENT CITY OF NEW YORK NYPD CRIME Stoppers 1800-577-8477 (TIPS)

On May 1st, 2023, freelance journalist Juan Alberto Vázquez uploaded 3-minute-long recording of Penny holding Neely in the chokehold on the subway car's floor to Facebook,[3] from there it was reposted on other social media.

On May 2nd, 2023, the New York Post reported on the incident with an interview with Vázquez, with the story going viral on social media in the following days.


The incident drew more public attention in the following days as media reported on it and on public's reactions to it[6][7] On May 3rd, U.S. representative for New York's 14th congressional district Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) tweeted about the incident, writing that Jordan Neely "was murdered." The tweet[8] (shown below) received over 10,300 retweets and 63,000 likes.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez @AOC Jordan Neely was murdered. But bc Jordan was houseless and crying for food in a time when the city is raising rents and stripping services to militarize itself while many in power demonize the poor, the murderer gets protected w/ passive headlines + no charges. It's disgusting. The New York Times @nytimes May 2 A 30-year-old man died on the subway on Monday after he was placed in a chokehold, the police said. Witnesses said the victim had been acting in a "hostile and erratic manner" toward passengers on the train when the other man, 24, moved to restrain him. nyti.ms/3nnPORL ... 5:52 PM . May 3, 2023 20.9M Views

That evening, NYC Mayor Eric Adams was asked about AOC's tweets on CNN Primetime,[19] where he stated "I don’t think that’s very responsible at the time where we are still investigating the situation." On May 4th, 2023, NYPD released an official statement on the incident, requesting witness information.[4]

That day, CNN[20] published an article reporting that Neely had 42 arrests, including three unprovoked assaults on women in the subway between 2019 and 2021. That same day, NY Daily News reported that Neely was arrested in August 2015 for attempting to kidnap a 7-year-old girl and in June 2019 for "punching a 64-year-old man in the face."


On May 4th, 5th, 6th and 8th, protest in support of Jordan Neely took place in New York, including the Broadway-Lafayette Street station where the incident took place. Most notably, on May 6th, 2023, protesters blocked incoming trains by climbing down subway tracks on the Lexington Avenue–63rd Street station. On that day, Freedomnews.tv journalist Oliya Scootercaster shared footage from the protest on Twitter,[13] with the clip gaining over 10.9 million views, 5,800 retweets and 30,800 likes in ten days (full video shown below).

Manslaughter Charge

On May 11th, 2023, Manhattan prosecutors said Danie Penny will be arrested and face a charge of second degree manslaughter, which could carry a term of up to 15 years in prison.[9]

On May 12th, 2023, Penny surrendered to police to face the charge,[10] and was released on a $100,000 bail on the same day.


On May 3rd, Jordan Neely's aunt Carolyn Neely organized a GoFundMe fundraiser to cover expenses for Neely's funeral and the public viewing.[11] The campaign raised $130,000 of its $75,000 goal in two weeks.

On May 8th, New York city law firm Raiser & Kenniff, P.C. launched a fundraiser for Daniel Penny's legal defense fund on GiveSendGo.[12] The campaign raised over $2.2 million in one week.

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Online Reactions

Jordan Neely's death and further developments sparked discussions on social media as users shared footage of the incident and voiced support for Neely or Penny. In early May 2023, several TikTok videos in which users commented on the incident went viral on the app. For example, on May 3rd, 2023, TikTok[14] user @davidawilliams4 posted a video in which she reported on the incident gained over 997,000 views and 130,000 likes (shown below, left). On May 6th, 2023, TikTok[15] user @growingtotruth posted a video that gained over 616,000 views and 62,000 likes in nine days (shown below, right).


On Twitter, multiple single tweets and threads reporting on the incident and commenting on it went viral in early May. For example, a thread[16] about the incident posted by user @KeneAkers on May 6th, 2023, gained over 1,400 retweets and 5,100 likes in nine days (shown below, left). On May 11th, user @AmiriKing tweeted[17] his concern with Penny getting charged with manslaughter. The tweet received over 4,400 retweets and 20,400 likes in four days (shown below, right).

Kenny Akers @KeneAkers On Monday afternoon, Jordan Neely was killed after being held in a chokehold by a Marine veteran on a subway after Neely got on the train and shouted at passengers that he was hungry, thirsty and fed up with having nothing, a witness told CNN Neely -- who was experiencing homelessness, according to a source familiar with his case -- did not harm anyone nor did they see him armed with any weapon. 59 reet mbus e 7:15 PM . May 6, 2023 from West Jordan, UT 409.5K Views DEER Coney Mund Amiri King @AmiriKing BREAKING: As I predicted, Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg is formally charging Marine veteran Daniel Penny with manslaughter in the death of Jordan Neely. Let this be a warning, if a black attempted kidnapper and elderly abuser threatens your life, YOU SIT THERE AND TAKE IT. How dare you protect yourself. Apparently, America has a Royal Family as well. - Next tweet in this thread will be Mr. Penny's GiveSendGo legal fundraiser. 5:49 PM - May 11, 2023 - 3M Views

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Yeah I'm not taking these multiple sources at face value. Some sources are saying he held him for 15 minutes, some say 7, some say "several". The different reports of his state are also questionable, like if he died during the chokehold or died after, with some reporting he was still breathing throughout.

I'm tired of this media cycle of framing an incident as black vs white (often literally) only to later find out it wasn't as cut and dry as initially reported.

I'm going to ASSUME this was involuntary/2nd degree manslaughter looking at what is widely agreed to be true. While reckless and something I wholly condemn, I currently doubt that this was intentional, and will wait for details to emerge.


Oh God, after watching the video and reading the transcripts on this one… this is pretty messy.

On one hand, yea the guy was being pretty belligerent and obnoxious and one could argue that death threats from a person that is intoxicated could constitute selfdefense. On the other, that still doesn't justify killing the guy and someone from the military that is trained to kill should arguably be aware of their own capabilities and should've put in enough force to just simply restrain the man.

While I don't believe he should be charged with murder, I think that unintentional manslaughter is more indicative of what the crime here is.


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