Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Jordan Neely’s Family Wants…What?

Jordan Neely was the homeless bum in New York City who died last week at the hands of a 24-year-old Marine named Daniel Penny after an incident on a subway car. Neely, who had been arrested some 42 times for a variety of criminal behavior including several violent incidents, was a well-known nuisance in the city.

At the time of his death he was loudly demanding money from subway riders and making threats of violence. Penny and two other men subdued him, Penny with a chokehold. He passed out and died in the hospital later.

And a certain community of people in New York who never gave a red hot damn about Jordan Neely while he was alive and shuttling in and out of the jails all of a sudden decided to turn him into the second coming of St. George Floyd.

Once Penny was identified – he had been questioned at a police station and then released without charges – the protests began.

And Penny issued a statement about his involvement in the incident and Neely’s death…

And the family of Jordan Neely responded to that statement with a real eye-roller

In their new statement, the Neely family lawyers fired back, calling Penny’s statement “a clear example of why he believed he was entitled to take Jordan’s life.” It continues, “In the first paragraph he talks about how ‘good’ he is and the next paragraph he talks about how ‘bad’ Jordan was in an effort to convince us Jordan’s life was ‘worthless.’ The truth is, he knew nothing about Jordan’s history when he intentionally wrapped his arms around Jordan’s neck, and squeezed and kept squeezing.”

Mills and Edwards also called out the way Penny’s statement “suggests that the general public has shown ‘indifference’ for people like Jordan.” But, they say, “that term is more appropriately used to describe [Penny].”

They continue: “It is clear he is the one who acted with indifference, both at the time he killed Jordan and now in his first public message. He never attempted to help him at all. In short, his actions on the train, and now his words, show why he needs to be in prison.”

Penny’s lawyers did not immediately return Rolling Stone’s request for comment.

The statement ended with a few words for New York City Mayor Eric Adams, who has drawn some criticism for his response to Neely’s killing. Asking Adams to call the Neely family, the statement said, “The family wants you to know that Jordan matters. You seem to think others are more important than him. You cannot ‘assist’ someone with a chokehold.”

Jordan matters?

Sure, he matters now. Now that his corpse has economic value for his family as they and the attorneys gin up enough racial hysteria to burn New York City down in the same manner Minneapolis, Seattle, Portland and other cities burned. A dead Jordan Neely will trail in hundreds of thousands of dollars in GoFundMe swag, while a live Jordan Neely was a never-ending sink into which money had to be poured for bail and other expenses.

Jordan Neely’s family turned him out into the mean streets of New York City and let him spend years and years as a homeless bum, in and out of jail more than 40 times, with no correction, no inspiration to make something of himself, no moment of intervention.

Their neglect inflicted Jordan Neely on regular New Yorkers who had to put up with his assaults, his aggressive panhandling, his threats of violence, on the streets and subways of that city.

And this is what New York’s subways are now. Virtually everyone living in that city knows it.

Daniel Penny was not the guy in the video. Daniel Penny was the other guy, who dealt with the problem in the most effective way he could.

The guy in the video doesn’t face charges. That doesn’t mean he didn’t lose his honor for not defending the woman he was with and had an implicit, if not explicit, duty to protect.

But no society can demand a man sacrifice his honor and stand passively as barbarians threaten and attack his loved ones or else suffer prosecution. In Jordan Neely’s case there were more than 42 incidents of this nature. He was arrested for battering a woman just like the thug in the video.

And of course there are no police about. A packed subway car in New York City is a petri dish of violence, disorder, chaos and filth. It’s an evil place where the law doesn’t exist and safety is a poorly-presented illusion. Because one of the more highly-taxed jurisdictions in America can’t be bothered to give its taxpayers even a modicum of law and order.

How do you get arrested 42 times and you aren’t institutionalized? That isn’t law and order. It’s hard to describe what it is.

And then there is this “family.”

Jordan Neely was undoubtedly abusive toward his family members, and it isn’t unreasonable that they would have disowned him for their own sakes. I get that. His mother was murdered several years ago and that would be a terrible blow to anyone. Certainly there would have been challenges he clearly was poorly-prepared and too weak to handle.

But where were those family members as he descended into madness?

To the “family,” don’t you dare now play ghoul over his body and suddenly use him as a meal ticket when regular New Yorkers fight back against his abuse of strangers on the subway. You don’t get to pretend he’s some wronged loved one and now you’re owed something. You haven’t paid those dues for a long time.

In Baton Rouge where I live, we saw this same racial pyromania and money-grubbing with Alton Sterling, and it became quite clear that family was trash. Even the son everybody liked turned out to be a grotesque little child molester. Now they’re sitting on a pile of blood money thanks to GoFundMe and the idiots on the Baton Rouge Metro Council who appropriated almost $5 million to a family who had contributed nothing but crime and dysfunction to the community.

Enough already. Raise a criminal scumbag, shut up when he gets what’s coming to him. There can be no sympathy for Jordan Neely’s family while the subways and streets are little better than a racial Thunderdome of indignation and mob rule. Maybe they should take that up with Eric Adams rather than asking him to pander to the criminal element and assist the rioters in burning down the city.