Paterson Speaks Out In Support Of Daniel Penny In Fatal Subway Chokehold Case

Former New York Governor David Paterson has come out in defense of Daniel Penny, saying the Marine wasn’t guilty of anything and shouldn’t have been charged with manslaughter in Jordan Neely’s subway chokehold death.

Paterson hypothesized that the reason Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg didn’t want to let Penny, 24, out on the street was because of a history of minorities dying in suspicious circumstances; nonetheless, he insisted that the defendant is not to blame for what the former governor called an awful event.

“[Penny] did something because he saw danger for other people and tried to prevent it,” the Democrat, who served as New York’s first African-American governor, said during a discussion with John Catsimatidis on the “Cats Roundtable” on WABC 770 AM on Sunday.

He failed to meet the requirements for charging someone.

Paterson Speaks Out In Support Of Daniel Penny In Fatal Subway Chokehold Case
Paterson Speaks Out In Support Of Daniel Penny In Fatal Subway Chokehold Case

Neely, a 30-year-old homeless man, had a history of mental illness, Paterson said, and while he called his death a “tragedy,” he insisted that it shouldn’t be interpreted as “an execution.”

He was choked by “[Penny]. He obviously didn’t do it the right way. As a result, [Neely] was having trouble. It is a sad tragedy that while trying to detain him, two other passengers lost their lives, the former governor stated.

But attempting to categorize this as an execution or as if it were carried out by the police rather than a private citizen goes well beyond what is fair in this situation.

The case has divided the city and the country, with protesters in New York labeling Penny a murderer and calling for his arrest after he was initially interrogated by police and then freed without charges following Neely’s passing on May 1.

After Neely apparently went on an aggressive rant, Penny put Neely in a fatal chokehold aboard a train in Manhattan. Penny brought himself in on a charge of second-degree manslaughter Friday and was subsequently freed on a $100,000 bond.

On the website GiveSendGo, a “Daniel Penny’s Legal Defense Fund” was created, and as of Sunday, it had received more than $1.7 million from 37,525 contributors.

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