Officials have announced that a grand jury in Manhattan is expected to convene this week to assess whether charges should be brought in connection with the death of Jordan Neely, who died from a chokehold on a New York City subway.
The victim, a 30-year-old homeless man grappling with a mental health crisis, was subjected to the chokehold by another passenger, Daniel Penny, a former Marine, as reported by city officials.
Witnesses and the police stated that Neely boarded the train and began behaving erratically. The medical examiner classified his death as a homicide, PIX 11 reported.
Reverend Al Sharpton expressed his concern, stating, “Resorting to a chokehold and extinguishing a life is not the appropriate response to dealing with a mental health issue on a train. Failing to prosecute them will, in my view, establish a dangerous precedent of vigilantism that we cannot endure.”
Penny, aged 24, claimed that he acted in self-defense. “When Mr. Neely started making aggressive threats towards Daniel Penny and other passengers, Daniel, along with the assistance of others, took action to protect themselves until help arrived. Daniel never intended to cause harm to Mr. Neely,” his attorneys stated in a release.
Following the incident, a series of protests ensued, including individuals who entered the subway tracks around 6 p.m. on Saturday, as reported by the NYPD.
Although several arrests were made, as of Monday, the six individuals sought in relation to the incident were still at large, according to the police.
Written by staff