Man Killed After Getting Put in Chokehold on Subway

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( – On May 1, on the New York City subway, a man was killed after a passenger put him in a headlock during an altercation.

The police had originally not released identifying information for either of the two men involved in the incident. However, more information has since become available.

According to the latest reports, a 30-year-old black man named Jordan Neely had entered the train at around 2:30 p.m. He was reportedly experiencing homelessness, and started yelling about being fed up with his situation. During the incident, he apparently got into an altercation with a male passenger, now identified as 24-year-old Marine veteran Daniel Penny, who is white. Penny ended up putting Neely, in a headlock until well after he fell unconscious. However, when an EMS officer responded to the scene, he had been unable to revive the man.

The police have reported that Neely had a criminal record that included assault, disorderly conduct, and fare beating convictions. The incident has also raised concerns about issues of mental health access, while sparking outrage and protests from members of the public.

Penny, who put Neely in the headlock, was reportedly released by the police on without having any charges filed against him. Due to the fact that Neely died from having his neck compressed, his death has been labeled a homicide. An expert told The Guardian last week that it was possible Penny would be charged with manslaughter or negligent homicide.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s office on Wednesday revealed that the case was being examined carefully and that all available information would be used to determine the outcome of the investigation.

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