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‘I’m Going to Kill You’: Daniel Penny Reveals the Threats That Led to the Encounter With Jordan Neely

‘I’m Going to Kill You’: Daniel Penny Reveals the Threats That Led to the Encounter With Jordan Neely

“I didn’t see a black man threatening passengers, I saw a man threatening passengers, a lot of whom were people of color.”

In video clips, Marine veteran Daniel Penny revealed the three threats that pushed him to restrain Jordan Neely in a chokehold on a New York subway on May 1.

Penny also set the record straight regarding why he did it, how long he had Neely in a chokehold, and disregarded accusations of racism.

Neely died. Penny faces second-degree manslaughter charges.

Second-degree manslaughter is a Class C felony in New York. Penny faces a maximum of 15 years in prison.

From CBS News: “The three main threats that he repeated over and over was, ‘I’m going to kill you,’ ‘I’m prepared to go to jail for life,’ and ‘I’m willing to die’ … I was scared for myself, but I looked around, I saw women and children. He was yelling in their faces, saying these threats.”

The Marine veteran just “couldn’t sit still” while watching Neely:

Penny, who is 6’2”, noted that he was intimidated by Neely, who was bigger than him, as he yelled in “terrified” passengers’ faces.

He said he “couldn’t sit still” and potentially watch Neely carry out his threats.

“There’s a common misconception that Marines don’t get scared. We’re actually taught one of our core values is courage, and courage is not the absence of fear but how you handle fear,” he said. “I was scared for myself but I looked around there was women and children, he was yelling in their faces saying these threats. I just couldn’t sit still.”

Penny said he held Neely for five minutes, not 15:

“Some people say that I was holding on to Mr. Neely for 15 minutes. This is not true — between stops is only a couple of minutes. So the whole interaction lasted less than 5 minutes,” Penny clarified.

“Some people say I was trying to choke him to death — which is also not true. I was trying to restrain him.

“You can see in the video there’s a clear rise and fall of his chest, indicating that he’s breathing. I’m trying to restrain him from being able to carry out the threats.”

Penny said the grip he used to hold Neely down was “based on the force that he’s exerting.”

Penny already denied he’s a white supremacist. He said in the video:

“I didn’t see a black man threatening passengers, I saw a man threatening passengers, a lot of whom were people of color,” Penny said.

At least two straphangers are seen in the video of the incident helping Penny restrain Neely.

“The man who helped restrain Mr. Neely was a person of color,” he pointed out. “A few days after the incident I read in the papers that a woman of color came out and called me a hero.


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Democrats don’t bat an eye when men like Jordan Neely harm and kill law abiding citizens. They do nothing to alleviate his drug addiction and pain. They only care when they can plaster his image on campaign ads as a victim of made up hate crimes. Their very own Jussie Smollet and nobody had to get their hands dirty.

They do not exist in the same America

stevewhitemd | June 12, 2023 at 1:08 pm

There are some obvious questions:

— Concerning the two people who assisted Mr. Penny in restraining Mr. Neely: will either of those individuals be charged in the death of Mr. Neely? If not, why not?

— was it five minutes or fifteen minutes?

— is there independent confirmation that Mr. Neely was able to breathe?

— do we know the toxicology report from the autopsy of Mr. Neely?

— it certainly appears that other passengers were frightened and afraid for their lives. Have any of them been interviewed by the media?

I’m sure we’ll have more questions. Perhaps Andrew would weigh in on this one?

I recall visiting Philly in 95 and seeing “Free Mumia” posters plastered all over the filthy South Street area. When I discovered his backstory I couldn’t believe in my naivety that people could think in such a manner.

    guyjones in reply to scooterjay. | June 12, 2023 at 2:25 pm

    Back in 2007, when I was still a Dumb-o-crat prior to my conservative awakening, one of the things that pushed me on the path to conservatism was reading an article in the Village Voice, about the sainted (by vile Dumb-o-crats/Leftists) Mumia, spouting the usual claims about his alleged innocence, yet, nowhere in the article was any factual evidence presented to support those claims of innocence.

Give this man a medal, good citizen protecting others.

    henrybowman in reply to MAJack. | June 12, 2023 at 10:50 pm

    He needs more than a medal.
    He has a GSG defense fund (now $2.8M).
    Honor him now, when he needs you most.
    Every dollar in that fund is also a great big “fuck you” to Alvin Bragg. Be loud.

texansamurai | June 12, 2023 at 2:44 pm

focus in the moment–excellent–hope his atty calls every single one of the passengers in close proximity / under direct threat from the perp to testify in the marine’s defense

apparently one passenger has come out and praised the marine already–risking your own life/safety in the defense of other innocents–a textbook definition of valor

If someone threatens you, then you should be legally able to believe them.

    randian in reply to Dathurtz. | June 12, 2023 at 9:38 pm

    Yes, though the belief that the threat can actually be carried out must be reasonable. A eight year old might make a death threat against an adult, and actually intend it, but unless they have a weapon or one is within reach, accomplices, and/or a situational advantage (the adult lacks physical capacity due to age, disease, or injury, for example) it wouldn’t be reasonable for an adult to fear for their life. Restraining that child would be totally reasonable, of course, even if they’ve made no overt acts in furtherance of the threat.

      Dathurtz in reply to randian. | June 13, 2023 at 6:21 am

      Of course, all constrained by reasonableness.

      In this case a grown man was publicly threatening harm while publicly stating he didn’t fear consequences. It is absurd not to believe him.

      coyote in reply to randian. | June 13, 2023 at 8:44 am

      The criteria are means, opportunity, and motive. Since Neely was clearly psychotic, motive has to be assumed: perhaps voices told him to kill people. Means is simple: he was bigger than the 6’2” Marine veteran. And opportunity? The people he was menacing couldn’t get away from him in the subway car.

      There are also disparities that justify use of deadly force—not that Penny did. Those are young vs old, male vs female, and large vs small. Neely was menacing everyone, including women and children.

      And telling people he was willing to die or go to jail. Would Bragg have preferred that Neely be allowed to make good on his threats and then take an action against him?

      Oh, wait—all they would have done would be arrest him. And then let him go again. Never mind.

        Except that this happened in a Leftist-run hell-hole. Therefore:
        – Motive: Neely was a homeless, mentally-ill, drug-addled black man, any of which will cause the DA to claim that motive cannot be implied or assumed.
        – Means: Same as above, the prosecution will play the “homeless”, “mentally-ill”, and “drug-addicted” cards as if those things are physical handicaps.
        – Opportunity: When was the last time a Leftist prosecutor conceded that an inability to retreat overcomes a duty to retreat? George Zimmerman? Darren Wilson? Buehler?

        Objectively, Penny’s restraint of Neely appears justifiable on the surface, so you know the DA is going to do his/her level best to railroad him into a felony conviction and a 15-year prison term.

        We can’t have the “normies” taking care of themselves or others, you know.

          henrybowman in reply to Archer. | June 13, 2023 at 2:28 pm

          “which will cause the DA to claim that motive cannot be implied or assumed.”
          Trolleys don’t have motives at all, but switches don’t judge them.

      CaptTee in reply to randian. | June 13, 2023 at 12:21 pm

      And of course none of your comments after the first sentence apply to this situation and therefore add nothing to the conversation and understanding of the situation at hand.

E Howard Hunt | June 12, 2023 at 3:33 pm

It should be mandatory that all passengers be armed on the subways. Peace would reign.

    guyjones in reply to E Howard Hunt. | June 12, 2023 at 6:35 pm

    Even mace and pepper gel sprays would be better than nothing. Every resident of a Dumb-o-crat-controlled city should carry them.

      guyjones in reply to guyjones. | June 12, 2023 at 6:36 pm

      I should add that rather predictably, the vile and callous Dumb-o-crat apparatchiks running these crime-infested cities make it as onerous as possible for citizens to purchase self-defense sprays, In NYC’s case, you can’t purchase them over the Internet and instead have to visit a firearms store (of which I think there are two in Manhattan), in order to purchase them.

Old Navy Doc | June 12, 2023 at 5:25 pm

I’m afraid NYC is lost and not even Batman or Snake Plissken can help.

It’s a crime to protect yourself, your home, your children, or your business.

Everyday you stay, your net worth and survival rate drop.

Leave. Now.

I fully support Penny and what he did to protect the passengers against a deranged criminal. That said, and I know I’m going to get a lot of down votes for this, he needs to lose the nose ring if he wants to be taken seriously by the greatest number of people.

I didn’t see a black man threatening passengers, I saw a man threatening passengers

Anti-CDT (Critical Diversity Theory)

a lot of whom were people of color.”

Diversity of individuals, minority of one… almost.

Where is this guy’s attorney? His lawyer should be locking him in a room with a gag in his mouth until after the trial.

    CaptTee in reply to aslannn. | June 13, 2023 at 12:28 pm

    Some battles are best fought in the court of public opinion,

    If he remains silent, the racist’s claims will be the predominant ones with with riots more likely after the acquittal or to the case is thrown out for insufficient evidence (no one who was present to testify against him).

      aslannn in reply to CaptTee. | June 13, 2023 at 1:15 pm

      His concern should not be with what happens after the trial. His only concern should be the trial.

      Anything you say can and will…