Commuters stand on the F practice whereas it stops on the Carroll St. station February 13, 2014 within the Brooklyn borough of New York Metropolis. Picture credit score: Preston Rescigno
A white ex-marine choked to dying a 30-year-old man named Jordan Neely who was performing in an “erratic method” whereas driving a New York Metropolis practice on Monday (Might 1). According to Juan Alberto Vazquez — a contract journalist who taped the encounter and posted it on his Fb web page, “Luces de Nueva York,” — Neely was screaming on the practice, saying: “‘I don’t have meals, I don’t have a drink, I’m fed up… I don’t thoughts going to jail and getting life in jail. I’m able to die.’”
Vazquez stated he was non-violent however began to throw rubbish at fellow commuters. That is when the a 24-year-old U.S. Marine Corps veteran — whose title has not but been launched — acquired concerned and restrained him.
The altercation befell at 2:30 PM native time on an F practice heading towards the Broadway-Lafayette station. In Vazquez’s video, you’ll be able to see Neely being held down for at the least two minutes. Even after Neely stopped shifting, the person nonetheless continued to carry him down for at the least one other 50 seconds. In keeping with a number of reports, the person had Neely within the chokehold for quarter-hour. Neely was laying immobile and at one level you’ll be able to hear somebody saying, “He’ll be all proper.”
The conductor quickly known as 911 and by the point EMS got here, Neely was unconscious. Neely was later taken to Lenox Well being hospital in Greenwich Village, the place he was pronounced lifeless. On Wednesday, Might third, the medical examiner revealed Neely died from “compression of neck (chokehold)”; they decided the dying to be a murder.
Though the ex-Marine was taken in for questioning, he was launched with out prices, inflicting outrage amongst many progressive customers on social media. Earlier than the post-mortem outcomes have been launched, a rally for Neely was held on the Broadway-Lafayette station. Some New Yorkers remembered Neely as as soon as being a Michael Jackson impersonator.
The lynching of Jordan Neely is what occurs once you blame each violent factor that occurs on this nation on psychological sickness as a result of whereas it excuses violent conduct from white folks, it criminalizes psychological sickness in Black folks.
The person who choked him
Occupied with a person named Jordan Neely, how he ought to nonetheless be right here. Don’t allow them to (the cops or their PR papers) trick you into turning into heartless & pondering sure people don’t have a proper to exist. Don’t grow to be numb to the normalization of homicide, regardless of the way it’s spun.
— #SaveNewCollege 💙 🌈 (@4lala) May 3, 2023
A person named Jordan Neely was choked to dying in public on the subway this week whereas folks watched and even cheered. That is horrific.
The fixed demonization of poor folks and other people in psychological well being disaster in our metropolis permits for this barbarism. It’s making our metropolis sick.
— Julia Salazar (@JuliaCarmel__) May 3, 2023
Occupied with the person who was strangled within the subway in NYC and my thoughts retains circling again to “the lynchings labored” thread. That is the mentality. White folks shouldn’t need to be uneasy, so executions are so as. https://t.co/QoJ3vMOEdh
— Plz Preorder Let This Radicalize You 🔥 (@MsKellyMHayes) May 3, 2023
The individuals who watched that Marine homicide Jordan: who did nothing whereas he was choked to dying, who sidestepped his lifeless physique to go away the practice, who sadistically cheered as a result of our manufactured housing scarcity satisfied them that unhoused persons are the risk. No phrases.
— Zoé (@ztsamudzi) May 3, 2023
in case you’re in big apple, you have to be being attentive to what occurred to jordan neely. you have to perceive how essential bystander intervention is. and what you’d do to step in in case you witnessed somebody being harmed. he was only a individual asking for assist.
— elly belle 🔮 (they/them) (@literElly) May 3, 2023
There’s completely blood on Eric Adams’ palms within the homicide of Jordan Neely. When from a place of authority you perpetuate a tradition of wrangling unhoused folks, particularly these in psychological misery, like a public nuisance as an alternative of uplifting their humanity.
— Dana White (@ItsDanaWhite) May 3, 2023
The NYPD has shared Neely’s criminal history, which incorporates 40 arrests, and likewise revealed that he had documented points with psychological well being. Officers have been reportedly on the lookout for Neely for an assault he was allegedly concerned with in 2021.