Jordan Neely protests: Multiple arrests have been made

Harris Marley
Harris Marley

Global Courant 2023-05-09 07:13:52

Several people were arrested Monday during another day of protests in New York City as protesters called for justice in the stranglehold of Jordan Neely.

Chaos erupted outside the Broadway-Lafayette subway station, where Neely was killed a week ago by another passenger, Daniel Penny, a Navy veteran. Arrests were made during a 7 p.m. vigil at the station, the New York Post reported.

At the start of the event, attendees began to sing “Jordan Neely” in memory of the 30-year-old homeless person.

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Earlier in the day, the New York Police Department said it was looking for six people accused of storming the subway rails during a weekend when protesters called for Penny’s arrest and Neely’s death.


Six protesters who disrupted train service during a weekend protest against Jordan Neely’s murder are wanted by authorities, the New York Police Department said. (NYPD)

The NYPD made several arrests Saturday night and is looking for six others in connection with protests at the Lexington Avenue and 63rd Street subway station. The camera showed protesters jumping onto the rails, disrupting train service at the busy subway station.

The city has seen several protests since Neely’s death on an “F” train last week. Video footage of his and Penny’s meeting shows Neely in a chokehold while being held by two other people.

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According to a freelance journalist who documented the incident, the deadly confrontation unfolded after Neely boarded the train and threatened the passengers. Penny was caught on video dragging Neely to the ground and putting him in a headlock, causing Neely to lose consciousness and die.

Protesters stand on the train tracks at the Lexington Ave/63rd Street subway station during a “Justice for Jordan Neely” protest that began outside Broadway-Lafayette station in New York City on May 6, 2023. (Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images)

Neely’s death has been ruled a homicide caused by neck compression. Penny has not been charged.

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Lawyers for Penny said Neely had “a documented history of violent and erratic behavior, the clear result of persistent and untreated mental illness.”

The murder has sparked widespread protests across the city, with protesters calling for Penny to be charged. Others, fed up with the rampant subway crime, had expressed their support for the Navy veteran.

Neely, 30, a homeless Michael Jackson impersonator, had a long criminal record, including dozens of arrests. In 2019, he assaulted 68-year-old Filemon Castillo Baltazar on the platform of the W. 4th St. Station in Greenwich Village, according to the New York Daily News.

Screenshot of a bystander video showing Jordan Neely being held in a stranglehold on the New York City subway. (Luces de Nueva York/Juan Alberto Vazquez via Storyful)

Neely was arrested again in 2021 for assaulting a 67-year-old woman on the subway, whom he allegedly punched in the face as she exited an East Village subway station, according to court documents.


The woman suffered a broken nose and eye socket. Neely pleaded guilty and was given an alternative to incarceration program that allowed him to evade prison.

Fox News’ Rebecca Rosenberg contributed to this report.

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