Marine Corps veteran Daniel Penney has received thousands of messages of support from those who donate to legal defense as he battles charges against him overpowering Jordan Neely on the New York City subway.
“No one else wants to ride the subway with me,” one of the donors wrote in the GiveSendGo fundraiser for Penny, which had $2.5 million in legal defense for Marine Corps veterans as of Wednesday morning. More than a dollar is collected.
The comment is one of thousands of supporters for Penny, who has been sued. second-degree manslaughter Credited with playing a role in subduing Neely, Neely later died after threatening passengers on the New York City subway.
A police report on the incident earlier this month said Neely acted “hostile and erratic” towards passengers on the train, yelling and threatening to hurt them. Neely also said he was “going to prison or life in prison” and was “prepared to die”.
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Video of the incident shows Penny trying to subdue Neely by choking her. Neely continued to suffer and remained in the chokehold for about 15 minutes before being taken to Lenox Hill Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
The dramatic incident sparked a heated debate, with some believing that Penny acted heroically and others believing she was excessively violent.
“Thank you. May God be with you and your family in your time of need. My prayers are with you.”
After reviewing the case, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg last week elected to press charges against Penny and launched a fundraiser on behalf of Marine Corps veterans.
Many of the fundraiser’s donors have criticized Bragg, who has faced accusations of being lax about crimes against New York City’s thugs, while pursuing criminal charges against former President Trump. He has become a controversial figure.
“What a farce,” read one comment. “The same government that is blaming you could have stepped in to take care of the homeless man, or put guards on the trains to keep people safe. The government does neither, instead blaming you for its failure.”
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Others encouraged Mr. Penney to run himself in the future, including calls for Mr. Penney to pursue Mr. Bragg’s post.
“Once this is over and you are proven innocent, please run for district attorney in New York City,” wrote one of the donors.
Many of those who donated to Penny praised the Marine veteran as a “hero,” while others thanked Penny for his service in the Marine Corps and his willingness to protect his passengers.
Others said it would have been safer to ride the subway if they or a loved one had been on the train with him.
“If I had been there, I would have wanted you to take the subway. You are such a brave person,” one donor wrote.
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“My daughter is on the subway. Keep it safe,” wrote another.
“If my husband isn’t around and someone is threatening me, I just hope someone will help me,” added another. “Thank you. May God be with you and your family in your time of need. My prayers are with you.”
Penny’s legal defense fundraiser has been used by Kid Rock, presidential candidates, Entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy.
“Penny is a hero. Alvin Bragg is a POS,” Kid Rock said in a statement, donating $5,000 to the foundation.
The fundraiser for Penny had received more than 50,000 donations as of Wednesday morning.