Lawyer for Jordan Neely’s Family Blasts Subway Riders for Not Asking Ranting Homeless Man, ‘How Can I Help You?’

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New York City subway riders confronted with the deranged and dangerous should offer a touch of cooing conventional politeness, according to the lawyer for the family of Jordan Neely.

Neely, a homeless man with a history of criminal offenses and mental health issues, died after an incident on a subway in which passengers restrained him. Former Marine Daniel Penny, who was shown on video putting Neely in a chokehold, has been charged with manslaughter in the incident.

During a Friday news conference, attorney Donte Mills said that while Penny must pay for Neely’s death, the indifference of others was also a crime.

“No one on that train asked Jordan, ‘What’s wrong? How can I help you?’ He was choked to death instead,” he said.

“So for everybody saying, ‘I’ve been on the train, and I’ve been afraid before, and I can’t tell you what I would have done in that situation,’ I’m going to tell you. Ask how you can help. Please. Don’t attack, don’t choke, don’t kill,” he said.

After relating that Neely said he was hungry and angry, the attorney said the passengers on the train failed Neely.

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