On Monday, a homeless man with an extensive criminal record, Jordan Neely, died at the hands of a former Marine in a New York City subway train. Witnesses said Neely was screaming that he did not care if he went to jail and was moving erratically. The New York City medical examiner confirmed that Neely’s cause of death was a “chokehold.” Residents of New York City have since gathered at the Broadway-Lafayette subway station to protest the death of Neely, chanting “Black Lives Matter” and “The Homeless Matter.”
The New York Police Department stated that Neely had 42 prior arrests between 2013 and 2021, including an active warrant for assault at the time of his death related to a 2021 incident. Mayor Eric Adams released a statement saying that the death of Neely underscores the need to assist unwell homeless people rather than permitting them to remain on the streets. He was asked in an interview if he agreed with Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s sentiment that Neely was “murdered.” Adams responded that the lawmaker’s claim is not “very responsible at the time where we are still investigating the situation,” adding that “we cannot just blatantly say what a passenger should or should not do in a situation like that, and we should allow the investigation to take its course.”
The death of Jordan Neely has sparked a debate between Mayor Eric Adams and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez about how to address issues that arise with homeless people. Ocasio-Cortez has argued that Adams has “cut the very services that could have helped him” and said in another social media post that Neely was “houseless and crying for food in a time when the city is raising rents and stripping services to militarize itself.” Adams, on the other hand, has argued that Ocasio-Cortez’s claim is not “very responsible at the time where we are still investigating the situation”, and said that “we cannot just blatantly say what a passenger should or should not do in a situation like that, and we should allow the investigation to take its course.”
The death of Neely has created controversy yet again between races. Some demanded justice for Neely while others called the marine a hero.
Even the leftist BBC is reporting that Jordan Neely screamed “I don’t mind going to jail and getting life in prison. I’m ready to die”. Those attacking the white man for protecting his fellow passengers don’t care about Neely – they are only looking to incite antiwhite violence. pic.twitter.com/YVqO98Fw1U
— Way of the World (@wayotworld) May 4, 2023
The man who restrained Jordan Neely isn’t just in the right here, he’s a hero. But sadly heroes get punished in our sick and depraved society. He needs to get out of NYC immediately.
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) May 3, 2023
A protest took place on a NYC subway platform in response to the vigilante murder of 30-year-old Jordan Neely who was choked to death by an ex-marine.
There are still no charges for the man who committed this crime. Activists are demanding immediate action. pic.twitter.com/G2CiOyXQt8
— BreakThrough News (@BTnewsroom) May 3, 2023
The death of Jordan Neely has also sparked a conversation about how to address issues that arise with homeless people. Many have argued that more needs to be done to provide assistance to those who are homeless and in need of help. Others have argued that more must be done to protect the public from threats posed by those who are unwell. For now, the investigation into Neely’s death is ongoing, and it remains to be seen how the situation will be addressed.