Jordan Neely Loss of life: Outrage Grows Over Subway Choking

Jordan Neely

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 demise a 30-year-old man named Jordan Neely who was performing in an “erratic method” whereas using 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 identify has not but been launched — bought concerned and restrained him.  

The altercation occurred at 2:30 PM native time on an F practice heading towards the Broadway-Lafayette station. In Vazquez’s video, you may see Neely being held down for at the very least two minutes. Even after Neely stopped shifting, the person nonetheless continued to carry him down for at the very least one other 50 seconds. In response to a number of reports, the person had Neely within the chokehold for quarter-hour. Neely was laying immobile and at one level you may 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 useless. On Wednesday, Might third, the medical examiner revealed Neely died from “compression of neck (chokehold)”; they decided the demise to be a murder.

Though the ex-Marine was taken in for questioning, he was launched with out expenses, inflicting outrage amongst many progressive customers on social media. Earlier than the post-mortem outcomes had 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 NYPD has shared Neely’s criminal history, which incorporates 40 arrests, and in addition revealed that he had documented points with psychological well being. Officers had been reportedly on the lookout for Neely for an assault he was allegedly concerned with in 2021.