According to authorities, the death of a man who was seen on camera being strangled on a New York City subway train on Monday afternoon has been determined to be a homicide.
Officials named the victim as Jordan Neely, and the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner verified to CBS News on Wednesday that the cause of death was judged to be “compression of the neck” or a “chokehold.”
Neely was shown on camera being held in a chokehold by another man for a number of minutes by CBS New York. According to the New York City Authorities Department, the suspect in Neely’s choking incident was questioned by authorities before being let go. Charges in the case may or may not be brought, according to the police.
The tweet below confirms the news:
BREAKING: The death of a man who was placed in a chokehold on a New York City subway was ruled a homicide, officials say. https://t.co/ZjEHCNDjn0
— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 3, 2023
“This is a sad and serious affair that tragically resulted in the death of Jordan Neely. We will analyze the Medical Examiner’s findings, evaluate all available video and photo footage, find and speak with as many witnesses as we can, and collect additional medical data as part of our exhaustive continuing investigation, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office stated in a statement.
The National Action Network’s founder, Rev. Al Sharpton, urged that the police and district attorney “investigate this horrific incident as a potential case of manslaughter if not murder.” I fought the Bernard Goetz case thirty years ago, and vigilantism cannot return to being acceptable. It is not acceptable now, just as it was not acceptable then.
Neely, according to the NYPD, was 30 years old and the accused chokehold victim is 24. According to sources, he served in the Marines. According to the sources who spoke to CBS New York, he allegedly detained Neely because he was behaving strangely aboard a train in a station in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood.
According to the NYPD, Neely was unresponsive when police arrived and was taken to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
According to Sharpton, Neely was homeless at the time of his passing.
He stated, “We hope Jordan Neely’s family will come forward so NAN can make sure he is buried appropriately and decently.
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