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On Saturday, Daniel Penny, the former Marine charged with second degree manslaughter by Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg over the death of 30-year-old Jordan Neely, spoke with the New York Post and said the incident “had nothing to do with race.”
“I judge a person based on their character. I’m not a white supremacist,” Penny said. “I mean, it’s, it’s a little bit comical. Everybody who’s ever met me can tell you, I love all people, I love all cultures. You can tell by my past and all my travels and adventures around the world. I was actually planning a road trip through Africa before this happened.”
During the interview Penny said that he was a “normal guy” who was thrust into the situation with Neely, and that the situation was unlike “anything I’d experienced before. This was different, this time was much different.”
Video footage emerged of the May 1 incident that showed Neely, who had been arrested more than 44 times including on charges of public lewdness and assaulting a senior citizen, being held in a submission hold by 24-year-old Penny. Neely, who also had a warrant out for his arrest at the time of the fatal incident had reportedly been behaving in a hostile and erratic manner on the subway and acting aggressively towards other passengers before being subdued.
Penny’s lawyer, Thomas Kenniff, said, “I can tell you that the threats, the menacing, the terror that Jordan Neely introduced to that train has already been well documented. I don’t think it’s going to even be controverted. There are numerous witnesses from all different walks of life who have absolutely no motive to do anything other than to recount what actually happened. They are uniform in their recollection of events.”
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