According to a source familiar with the investigation, the inquiry into the death of Jordan Neely due to a subway chokehold is ongoing.
It is likely that the case will be presented to a grand jury next week to determine if criminal charges are necessary and, if so, what they should be.
It is not yet certain if the decision to take the case to a grand jury has been made, but it is common in situations where the circumstances are not straightforward, ABC7 New York reported.
Detectives have already interviewed over half a dozen witnesses, and they are still seeking to speak with four or five others who had a close-up view of the incident.
The marine veteran who was captured on video restraining Neely has provided his account of what happened to the investigators.
He has stated that he was not attempting to harm Neely, but rather, was holding him for the police.
Other witnesses, including the veteran, have informed the detectives that Neely was behaving erratically on the subway car, causing a sense of anxiety among passengers.
This was a typical reaction of New York subway riders when someone is acting out in the confined space of a moving train car.
Although Neely had not acted violently or threatened anyone specifically, the source stated that the fear was of the unknown, and the recent surge in crime and mental illness in a post-pandemic city only intensified these concerns.
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