A man by the name of Jordan Neely was violently subdued and killed on the NYC subway. In a viral video from the Manhattan subway, Neely, 30 was seen getting pinned down by an unidentified blonde passenger. However, to the shock of many, the 30-year-old was left unconscious and declared deceased thereafter.
On May 1, 2023, Jordan reportedly went on an aggressive rant on the northbound F train. According to passengers and eye-witnesses, the individual was also harassing and making threats to other passengers. Despite this, there was no indication or any intent from the individual to cause any harm to other passengers.
According to the video, the matter seemingly escalated, leading the aforementioned blonde passenger to step in and restrain Jordan with a UFC-esque rear naked chokehold. Having taken him to the ground the blonde man was further assisted by two other individuals, who tried to hold Jordan’s hands, in order to prevent him from breaking free. As per independent journalist Juan Vazquez, Neely was held in the same chokehold for close to 15 minutes.
Eventually, the train was stopped at Broadway-Lafayette and emergency services rushed onto the scene. By this time, Neely was fully unconscious and later pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. Moreover, the medical examiner has since revealed that the chokehold is what ended Neely’s life.
What happened to the killer of Jordan Neely?
Understandably, netizens around the world were left shocked by the events that transpired in the NYC subway. As such, there have also been numerous protests in the subways ever since. For the most part, people are outraged by the lack of social support for the homeless and the mentally ill. Moreover, many are furious with the ‘semi-sanctioned vigilante response’ of the blonde passenger.
For the most part, the unidentified male was reportedly a 24-year-old Marine veteran and had recently completed his service. Following the events on the subway, the blonde passenger was taken into custody by the police before being released without charges. This, in itself, has led to an outcry with many questioning why the person has not been arrested or charged with murder.
Jordan Neely performing as Michael Jackson which he liked to do. He was killed yesterday after a man held him in a chokehold for 15 min while two other men helped hold him down pic.twitter.com/sSulAmEQB8
— Newyorkist (@Newyorkist) May 3, 2023
I’m at the Broadway-Lafayette station, where a crowd of people is protesting the killing of Jordan Neely on an F train yesterday. pic.twitter.com/A0yp7p4pwQ
— Samantha Max (@samanthaellimax) May 3, 2023
The man who killed Jordan Neely wasn’t protecting himself. He was empowered by a cultural movement that has normalized regular citizens deputizing themselves as judges and executioners in the name of white supremacy. Infamously this also happened in another period of US history
— elisabeth sherman (@shermanelis) May 3, 2023
if you’re in new york, you need to be paying attention to what happened to jordan neely. you need to understand how important bystander intervention is. and what you’d do to step in if you witnessed someone being harmed. he was just a person asking for help.
— elly belle 🔮 (they/them) (@literElly) May 3, 2023
This is Jordan Neely.
On Monday, he was lynched.
On the NYC subway he started telling passengers that he was fed up being hungry, thirsty and having no place to rest. He began to shout in his frustration, and threw his jacket on the floor.
An ex-marine then murdered him.🧵 pic.twitter.com/givJukrhlK
— Marxist777 (@Marxist777) May 3, 2023
Similarly, many have pointed out the fact that Neely was reportedly an addict with 40 prior arrests to his name. Despite that, many have argued that it does not justify his murder in any case. According to eyewitnesses, Jordan was screaming in an aggressive manner and mostly complained of hunger and thirst. Following this, he took off his jacket and slammed it on the floor, prompting a reaction from the Marine.
Previously, Jordan Neely made a name for himself as a subway busker and a renowned Michael Jackson impersonator. Moreover, he had a long history of mental illness and had been living on the streets for a while now. With many defending the action of the Marine and others condemning him, what are your thoughts on the matter? Leave them in the comments below.