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Ex-Marine Charged With Second-Degree Manslaughter for Choking Homeless Man to Death on NYC Subway

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Ex-marine Daniel Penny was arrested and has been charged with second-degree manslaughter for choking an unarmed homeless man, Jordan Neely, to death on a New York City subway on May 1st. Daniel reportedly restrained Neely in a chokehold for approximately 15 minutes after Neely had an outburst on the subway. Jordan was homeless and allegedly suffered from mental health issues following his mother's murder in 2007, according to BBC News.

Jordan Neely dressed as a Michael Jackson impersonator/Photo: Property of Larry Malcolm Smith Jr

Several subway riders recognized Jordan as a Michael Jackson impersonator who frequented the subway and performed in Times Square. Freelance journalist Juan Alberto Vazquez recorded the entire encounter on the subway. According to other passengers, Jordan shouted, "I don't mind going to jail and getting life in prison, and "I'm ready to die." He allegedly also complained that he hadn't eaten or had anything to drink before Daniel grabbed him from behind and placed him in a chokehold. As a former marine who knew how to apply deadly force, Penny understood the severity of the chokehold restraint.

According to The Hill, New Yorkers are protesting Neely's death; Penny's attorney said, "Daniel never intended to harm Mr. Neely and could not have forseen his untimely death." Penny was taken into police custody on a bond and was asked to surrender his passport. His death has sparked outrage stating that America does offer enough services for its homeless and mental health populations.

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