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New York mayor and police criticized for lack of action over Jordan Neelys death

New York mayor and police criticized for lack of action over Jordan Neelys death


New York mayor and police criticized for lack of action over Jordan Neelys death

Pressure was mounting on police, prosecutors and the New York mayor, Eric Adams, on Thursday as protesters, advocates and even Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez criticized the lack of action over the death of Jordan Neely, a 30-year-old Black man and Michael Jackson impersonator who was placed in a chokehold by another subway rider.

Adams has heightened police presence in subway stations in an attempt to curtail crime, while endorsing involuntarily hospitalizing people experiencing homelessness with mental illness and using police to remove people suffering from mental illness from subway stations.

But even as Adams touts future investments in mental healthcare, the city has reduced services for those experiencing such challenges.

Advocates argued that the circumstances surrounding Neely's life and death - his struggles with homelessness, food insecurity and mental health struggles - reflected longstanding failures to provide social services to impoverished New Yorkers.

The killing happened on Monday afternoon. A 24-year-old former Marine, whose name and identity was not immediately publicly released, held Neely in a chokehold while other riders restrained him on the floor of a train, a four-minute video captured by a freelance journalist shows.

Police questioned the rider who put Neely in a hold and placed him in custody then released him the same day.

On Wednesday, the city medical examiner confirmed that Neely, who witnesses say was yelling at other riders on an F train heading to Manhattan, died from compression to the neck.

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