A grand jury has indicted Daniel Penny, a white man accused of killing a homeless Black man by placing him in a fatal chokehold on a New York subway last month. This paves the way for the trial to move forward.
Penny was arraigned on a second-degree manslaughter charge for the death of Jordan Neely, the 30-year-old Black victim. Witnesses stated that Penny restrained Neely in the chokehold after Neely had been displaying hostile and erratic behavior in a subway car. Video evidence captured the incident but doesn’t support Penny’s story that Neely was attacking people.
While Penny was initially questioned and released, the delay in his arrest triggered outrage from activists and community members. Neely’s death on May 1 was later determined to be a homicide by New York City’s chief medical examiner. Penny’s attorney believes a jury will see that Penny was fully justified and acted in self-defense.
Penny’s court appearance is scheduled for July 17.