The brave Marine veteran who stopped a mad man from terrorizing passengers aboard a New York City subway is expected to face criminal charges.
Television station WNBC reports the “decision to charge Daniel Penny was made by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office – and will happen without being presented to a grand jury at this time.”
A Manhattan District Attorney spokesperson and NYPD spokesperson have not returned requests for what charge or charges might be filed Friday.
WABC reports Penny may be charged with manslaughter.
Penny, the 24-year-old Marine veteran put Jordan Neely in a chokehold after the homeless man terrorized passengers on board a subway train.
Neely had a lengthy criminal record – more than 40 charges – and at the time of his death there was a warrant for his arrest on an assault charge.
Attorneys for Penny offered “condolences to those close to Mr. Neely” and claimed, “Mr. Neely began aggressively threatening Daniel,” and that the Marine veteran and others “acted to protect themselves.”
Protesters have called for justice following the deadly incident. Over the weekend, protesters filled subway stations, some jumping on the tracks, while pressing for more action. Several protesters have been arrested in recent days during demonstrations.
Maria Castaño, 64, an interior designer who lives in Brooklyn, told The New York Times she viewed the man who choked Mr. Neely as a hero and Mr. Neely as the recipient of justice.
“I feel sorry for the man, but he was acting threatening,” she said.
The reason why Penny is being charged is to prevent Black Lives Matter activists and Democrats from burning down the city.