The radical left has pounced on the death of Jordan Neely, a vagrant who was allegedly acting in a threatening manner aboard a New York City subway train, as the latest installment to drive racial discord in America.
Neely, a homeless man who had been arrested 44 times on charges like assault and disorderly conduct, is black, while the 24-year-old former U.S. Marine who restrained him in a chokehold was white. The unidentified Marine was held briefly before being released — he was also assisted by others, including a black man, but that part is glanced over since it doesn’t fit the left’s prescribed narrative.
The incident has resulted in liberals turning on each other. One such example is MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes setting his sights on New York Gov. Kathy Hochul on Thursday, over a statement the Democratic governor put out.
Hochul said in the statement: “One element we haven’t talked about is the billion dollar investment in mental health services so we don’t have people who are homeless in our subways, many of them in the throws of mental health episodes. And that’s what I believe are some of the factors here. There are consequences for behavior. I will look at it more closely to find out whether the state has a role.”
“WHAT IS GOING ON YOU PEOPLE SOUND LIKE MONSTERS MY GOD,” Hayes tweeted in all caps.
WHAT IS GOING ON YOU PEOPLE SOUND LIKE MONSTERS MY GOD https://t.co/FZW9lT4jUs
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) May 4, 2023
Hochul did tell reporters that the chokehold was an “extreme response,” and said that Neely’s “family deserves justice.” A video captured Neely being retrained, but it’s not clear what took place prior to that moment.
U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., was at the center of the firestorm and drew a rebuke from Mayor Eric Adams when she responded to a statement the Democrat mayor put out to declare: “Justin Neely was murdered.”
“But bc Jordan was houseless and crying for food in a time when the city is raising rents and stripping services to militarize itself while many in power demonize the poor, the murderer gets protected w/ passive headlines + no charges. It’s disgusting,” the socialist agitator added in her tweet.
“Any loss of life is tragic. There’s a lot we don’t know about what happened here, so I’m going to refrain from commenting further,” Adams said in a release. “However, we do know there were serious mental health issues in play here which is why our administration has made record investment in providing care to those who ended it and getting people off the streets and subways, and out of dangerous situations.”
Oh, and Chris Hayes objected to Adams’s statement as well, a statement that focuses more on Neely and his actions.
What on *earth* is this statement? https://t.co/ENAnSMyRbS
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) May 3, 2023
Asked about AOC’s response during an appearance on CNN, Mayor Adams said, “I don’t think that’s very responsible at a time when we’re still investigating the situation. Let’s let the DA conduct his investigation with the law enforcement officials, to really interfere with that is not the right thing to do.”
“And I’m going to be responsible and allow them to do their job and allow them to determine what exactly happened here,” he added.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, which has been heavily involved in the persecution of Donald Trump, vowed to pursue a “rigorous ongoing investigation.” Given District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s track record of prioritizing political gains ahead of justice, the Marine veteran can expect to be charged even though the NYPD determined he did nothing wrong.
Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:
Yes guys just allow the dangerous criminal to harm you.
— Movie Mad Motto (@Rob_Motto) May 4, 2023
If words are violence, the man was being violent. The fact that 3…THREE people felt
They had to take part in holding him down, makes one think it was more than has been discussed here
— iswinteroveryet? (@notbetterthan1) May 4, 2023
Chris “I love the master race of beautiful black people” Hayes hasn’t informed himself of the details of this case, namely that the guy had a long history harassing and assaulting other passengers. https://t.co/U4BOmo9EGQ pic.twitter.com/6IMhR93nfW
— David Sharp (@DavidSharp84) May 4, 2023
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