Daniel Penny has been identified by his attorney as the 24-year-old former Navy SEAL who held fellow passenger, Jordan Neely, to a fatal chokehold on the New York subway. The US Navy veteran defended his actions, saying he and other passengers acted in self-defense.
look. Jordan Neely dies after being strangled by Daniel Penny
In a statement to his attorney released yesterday, Daniel Penny expressed his condolences to Neely’s family. said the law firm of Raiser and Kenniff, PC
Later in the statement, Benny defends his actions when the victim begins yelling at fellow passengers. “When Jordan Neely began aggressively threatening fellow passengers and Daniel Penny, Daniel worked with the help of others to protect himself until help arrived.” “Daniel never intended to harm Nellie and could not have predicted his untimely death,” the statement said. “We hope this terrible tragedy will spark a new commitment from our elected officials to address the mental health crisis on our streets and on our subways.”
Police say Daniel Penny told other passengers to call 911 during the struggle with Nelly. This was cited by the lawyers as an additional argument that he “never intended to harm the victim”. They also point to Nellie’s mental problems as the reason for his “violent and erratic behaviour”.
Murder or manslaughter?
Jordan Neely’s death is being treated as manslaughter, but no arrests have been made or charges filed. The Manhattan district attorney and police are currently deciding whether or not Penny’s actions were justified and whether or not it was murder.
The jury is expected to meet next week to determine whether there is enough evidence to charge. To be found guilty, prosecutors must prove that Daniel Penny used deadly force without believing that Jordan Neely was also prepared to use deadly force, experts tell The New York Times.
In the aftermath of the strangulation, several protests were held in subway stations and on the streets, calling for the arrest of Daniel Bini. Protesters want more attention on crime and homelessness on public transportation in New York. They argue that the circumstances surrounding Neely’s death—his homelessness and mental health problems—reflect structural deficiencies in social services for poor New Yorkers.
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