In the wake of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg filing second-degree manslaughter charges against a former Marine who put an unruly subway passenger in a chokehold that ultimately resulted in the passenger’s death, a witness to the incident referred to the veteran as a “hero.”
“He’s a hero,” said the witness, who has lived in New York City for 50 years.
The woman, who identified herself as a woman of color, criticized Bragg for submitting charges, stating that he had acted improperly.
“It was self-defense, and I believe in my heart that he saved a lot of people that day that could have gotten hurt,” she told the news outlet.
“A legal defense fund established on behalf of Daniel Penny, who has been charged in the chokehold killing of Jordan Neely on a subway car, has swelled to more than $2.67 million in a matter of days,” Gothamist reported.
“More than 54,000 people have donated to the fund set up by Penny’s lawyers on GiveSendGo, which bills itself as the “#1 Free Christian Fundraising Site” and “leading freedom fundraising platform.” Some 40,000 have offered their prayers as well. The fund was created last week by the law firm Raiser & Kenniff, P.C., and the money and prayers have flowed since – right along with the veneration of Penny by conservative politicians and other voices,” the report stated.
“Donations have ranged from a few dollars to the thousands, including $10,000 from Vivek Ramaswamy, a Republican running for president, $5,000 from the musician Kid Rock and $20,000 from conservative commentator Timothy Pool. Penny, 24, has been arraigned on a second-degree manslaughter charge and has not yet entered a plea. The website does not indicate the origin of the donations, but the size and breadth of the support lay bare the challenge for prosecutors seeking to convict the decorated Marine veteran,” the report added.
According to the report, Neely, who had more than 40 arrests and had recently served a year in prison for a violent incident, boarded the northbound F Train on May 1 and began menacing passengers. Neely had more than 40 arrests and had recently served a year in prison for a violent incident.
“I’m sitting on a train reading my book, and, all of a sudden, I hear someone spewing this rhetoric. He said, ‘I don’t care if I have to kill an F, I will. I’ll go to jail, I’ll take a bullet,’” said the woman, who is in her 60s.
Several terrified passengers rushed for the subway car’s entrances.
“I’m looking at where we are in the tube, in the sardine can, and I’m like, ‘OK, we’re in between stations. There’s nowhere we can go,’” she said. “The people on that train, we were scared. We were scared for our lives.”
After Neely used the words “kill” and “bullet,” Daniel Penny entered the conversation.
“Why in the world would you take a bullet? Why? You don’t take a bullet because you’ve snatched something from somebody’s hand. You take a bullet for violence,” she told Fox News Digital, which added:
The witness stated that it was evident to her that Penny waited until the last possible moment to intervene on behalf of his fellow passengers. She heard a thud when he dragged Neely to the ground, but she could not see clearly until the Broadway-Lafayette station doors opened and the majority of passengers exited. The witness awaited the arrival of the police before providing a statement.
“Mr. Penny cared for people. That’s what he did. That is his crime,” she told Fox News Digital, adding that she and some other passengers thanked Penny after the incident.
She added that Penny appeared rattled by the conflict afterwards.
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“Nobody wants to kill anybody. Mr. Penny didn’t want to kill that man,” she said. “You should have seen the way Mr. Penny looked. He was distraught. He was very, very, very visibly distressed. And he didn’t go. He didn’t run. He stayed.” CONTINUE READING…