Jordan Neely household lawyer torches Daniel Penny’s first interview: ‘By no means referred to as him a white supremacist’

The lawyer representing the household of Jordan Neely reacted to Marine veteran Daniel Penny breaking his silence for the primary time since a video of Penny placing Neely in a chokehold went viral. 

“That is an commercial to melt the general public’s view of Daniel Penny who choked Jordan Neely to demise,” Neely household lawyer Donte Mills mentioned in a press release obtained by Alokito Mymensingh 24 Monday, reacting to the interview. “We by no means referred to as him a white supremacist, we referred to as him a killer.” 

“We don’t care what number of holidays he’s been on. We need to know why he didn’t let go of that chokehold till Jordan was useless,” Mills continued. “Subsequent time ask him why he didn’t let go when the passengers he was supposedly defending had been screaming ‘let him go, you’re going to kill him and get a homicide cost.’ Your deliberate drive by Africa can’t clarify why you thought you had the appropriate to take somebody’s life even when they had been houseless and had psychological sickness.” 

Penny, 24, was arraigned on a second-degree manslaughter cost and launched on $100,000 bail. He gave his first interview to the New York Submit, which was printed Saturday.


Penny is dressed in a suit and is being held by the arm by a police officer

Daniel Penny leaves the fifth Precinct of the NYPD on Friday, Might 12, 2023. Penny is charged in reference to the demise of subway rider, Jordan Neely. (Julia Bonavita/Alokito Mymensingh 24 Digital)

“This had nothing to do with race,” Penny, a adorned veteran Marine sergeant who separated from army service two years in the past, advised the Submit. 

“I choose an individual primarily based on their character. I’m not a White supremacist,” he mentioned. 

Penny positioned Neely, a 30-year-old homeless man who prosecutors say was “making threats and scaring folks” aboard the northbound F prepare, in a chokehold on Might 1. 

Two different passengers had been seen serving to to carry Neely’s arms whereas Penny held him in a chokehold for a number of minutes. Penny was questioned by police the identical day and launched, however viral bystander video recorded by one other subway passenger sparked outrage and dialog over psychological well being, homelessness, and race, given Penny is White and Neely was Black. 

Neely’s demise was later dominated a murder as a result of neck compression, and Penny was charged with second-degree manslaughter – which might land him as much as 15 years in jail if he’s convicted. 

Jordan Neel, Daniel Penny

Marine veteran Daniel Penny, proper, is accused of fatally choking Jordan Neely, left, on a NYC subway after the homeless man allegedly threatened passengers. (Mills & Edwards/ AllTrails)


“I imply, it’s, it’s slightly bit comical. Everyone who’s ever met me can let you know, I really like all folks, I really like all cultures. You’ll be able to inform by my previous and all my travels and adventures across the world. I used to be really planning a street journey by Africa earlier than this occurred,” Penny advised the Submit, reacting to accusations of racism. 

The veteran, who’s learning structure and was on the way in which to the gymnasium on the time of the encounter with Neely, mentioned he couldn’t element a lot of what prompted him to restrain the homeless man as a result of pending case. Penny’s lawyer, Thomas Kenniff, advised the Submit that fellow passengers on the F prepare would help the veteran’s plan of action. 

Daniel Penny shown holding Jordan Neely in a chokehold.

Screenshot from bystander video exhibiting Jordan Neely being held in a chokehold on the New York Metropolis subway. (Luces de Nueva York/Juan Alberto Vazquez through Storyful)

“The threats, the menacing, the phobia that Jordan Neely launched to that prepare has already been properly documented,” Kenniff mentioned. “There are quite a few witnesses from all completely different walks of life who’ve completely no motive to do something aside from to recount what really occurred. They’re uniform of their recollection of occasions.”

“I’m deeply saddened by the lack of life,” Penny mentioned of Neely’s demise. “It’s tragic what occurred to him. Hopefully, we are able to change the system that’s so desperately failed us.”

“I at all times do what I feel is true,” he added afterward. 

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One other one among Penny’s attorneys, Steven M. Raiser, advised the Submit that Manhattan District Legal professional Alvin Bragg has six months to safe a grand jury indictment towards Penny. 

Neely reportedly had greater than 40 prior arrests and an lively warrant from a felony assault, however activists argue that doesn’t justify the killing. 

Peter Johnson