The recent death of Jordan Neely on the New York City subway has sparked controversy and raised questions about mental health care and law enforcement. While some are calling for a more nuanced approach to the situation, others are quick to blame law enforcement and call for defunding the police.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took to social media to voice her outrage over Neely’s death, claiming that he was “murdered” because he was homeless and crying for food. Yet, the facts of the situation paint a different picture.
Neely was in the midst of a mental breakdown, threatening and yelling at passengers on the subway, when a 24-year-old Marine veteran put him in a chokehold for about 15 minutes. Two other passengers also restrained him by holding down his arms and shoulders. Despite their efforts, Neely lost consciousness and was later declared dead at the hospital.
The New York City Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Neely’s death a homicide caused by pressure to the neck. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office promised to review the Medical Examiner’s report and footage, identify and interview witnesses and obtain medical records.
Instead of jumping to conclusions and blaming law enforcement, we should recognize the bravery of the individuals who stepped in to protect their fellow citizens. It’s also important to address the mental health issues that can lead to situations like this.
Let’s not let politics cloud our judgment. We should wait for all the facts before jumping to conclusions and avoid demonizing law enforcement.
Source Fox News