REV. AL SHARPTON DEMANDS JUSTICE FOR JORDAN NEELY AFTER HE WAS STRANGLED BY SUBWAY PASSENGER DURING MENTAL HEALTH EPISODE—
Calls on Authorities to Explore Manslaughter or Murder Charges for Killing of Homeless Man
New York, NY (May 3, 2023) – Rev. Al Sharpton, the founder and president of the National Action Network (NAN), today responded to the killing of Jordan Neely as the reportedly homeless man experienced a mental health episode on the subway. Disturbing video shows a passenger put Neely, 30, into a chokehold on an F train Monday until he lost consciousness. Neely, who was a well-known Michael Jackson impersonator on subways and in Times Square, later died at Lenox Hill Hospital. The passenger was taken into custody by police but released Monday night without charges.
“The National Action Network demands the District Attorney and police investigate this horrific incident as a potential case of manslaughter – if not murder. Thirty years ago, I fought the Bernard Goetz case and we cannot end up back to a place where vigilantism is tolerable. It wasn’t acceptable then and it cannot be acceptable now. We hope the family of Jordan Neely will come forward so NAN can ensure he is funeralized properly and decently.”
About National Action Network (NAN)
National Action Network is one of the leading civil rights organizations in the Nation with chapters throughout the entire United States. Founded in 1991 by Reverend Al Sharpton, NAN works within the spirit and tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to promote a modern civil rights agenda that includes the fight for one standard of justice, decency, and equal opportunities for all people regardless of race, religion, nationality, or gender.
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