Jordan Neely who was a Michael Jackson impersonator had a massive criminal record
The death of a Black man on a New York City subway train after fellow passengers tackled him and one put him in a chokehold has sparked outrage and drawn attention to the man’s arrest history.
Jordan According to police and witnesses, Neely, 30, was yelling and pacing back and forth on an F train in Manhattan on Monday afternoon when he was restrained by at least three people. A freelance journalist posted video of the incident online, showing a US Marine veteran lying beneath Neely and holding him in a headlock for several minutes while Neely unsuccessfully tried to bre free. Another passenger restrained Neely’s arms, and a third restrained his shoulder.
What is the criminal record of Jordan Neely man stabbed to death in NYC subway and was he suffering from a mental illness
Why aren’t people showing this Jordan Neely video? pic.twitter.com/999ibGpuP1
— Jack Poso 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) May 5, 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
Neely, a homeless Michael Jackson impersonator, lost consciousness during the struggle and was pronounced dead at a hospital. The 24-year-old Marine veteran was arrested and later released without charges. He has not been identified publicly.
As video of the encounter spread online, outrage over Neely’s death grew. Some have condemned it as a lethal overreaction to a mentally ill person, while others have defended the Marine veteran. Protesters gathered in the station where the incident occurred on Wednesday afternoon to demand an arrest.
“Jordan Neely’s murder is the direct result of efforts to dehumanize and demonize New Yorkers who are experiencing homelessness, living with mental illness, or simply existing in the world as Black and poor,” said Sara Newman, director of organizing at the Open Hearts Initiative. Her organization supports homeless New Yorkers and advocates for “housing justice in their own backyards,” according to its website.
According to a New York City police spokesperson, Neely’s record includes 42 prior arrests between 2013 and 2021. Four of them are for alleged assault, while others are for transit fraud and criminal trespass. Neely had one active warrant for an alleged assault in connection with a 2021 incident at the time of his death.
According to the spokesperson, many of Neely’s arrests were for alleged violations of local law, such as having an open container of alcohol in public.
An advocate for the homeless said on Twitter that Neely’s arrest record does not justify what happened to him on the subway. A Twitter user who goes by the name @ahouse4all penned that “being homeless is illegal in the US. Loitering, pan handling, trespassing, open containers in public, public urination, + dozens of other crimes are used as an excuse to arrest ppl who don’t have a place to live and public facilities to use.”
He was schizophrenic, suffering from PTSD and doctors knew his condition and he needed to be treated for that, In the years immediately following his mother’s death, Jordan stayed off and on with his grandparents.
As per the city’s medical examiner, Neely died from compression of the neck and his death was ruled a homicide. The examiner’s office stated that any criminal culpability determination would be up to the legal system, and the Manhattan district attorney’s office stated that it is investigating.