BREAKING: New York City Mayor Adams Calls Out AOC For Her “Irresponsible” Murder Claim About Jordan Neely’s Death
Credit: The New York Times
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez came up against New York City Mayor Eric Adams on Thursday over the death of a homeless man on the city’s subway system.
AOC voiced her concern Wednesday night over the death of Jordan Neely. He lost his life while being restrained by other passengers during a mental breakdown on the NYC subway where he was yelling and threatening other passengers.
Fox News reported:
A 24-year-old Marine veteran reportedly put Neely in a choke hold for about 15 minutes. Two other passengers restrained Neely by holding down his arms and pinning down his shoulders.
Neely lost consciousness during the incident. EMTs arrived to revive him, but he was taken to a hospital and declared dead soon after.
The New York City Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Neely’s death a homicide caused by pressure to the neck.
The Marine veteran was taken into custody by New York Police Department officers and released without charges. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office promised to review the Medical Examiner’s report and video and photo footage, identify and interview witnesses and obtain medical records.
“Jordan Neely was murdered,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on social media Wednesday. “But [because] 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 [with] passive headlines [and] no charges. It’s disgusting.”
The mayor put out a statement around the same time as AOC on Wednesday.
“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 press statement.
He continued, “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.”
AOC shared Adams’ statement and called the tempered response “a new low” for refusing to call Neely’s death a murder.
“This honestly feels like a new low: not being able to clearly condemn a public murder because the victim was of a social status some would deem ‘too low’ to care about,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote. “The last sentence is especially rich from an admin trying to cut the very services that could have helped him.”
Adams appeared later on “CNN Primetime” to discuss the situation. He was asked for a response to the congresswoman’s outrage.
“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,” he replied. “And I’m going to be responsible and allow them to do their job and allow them to determine what exactly happened here.”
“This is a solemn and serious matter that ended in the tragic loss of Jordan Neely’s life,” Bragg’s office said in a statement.
“This investigation is being handled by senior, experienced prosecutors and we will provide an update when there is additional public information to share. The Manhattan D.A.’s Office encourages anyone who witnessed or has information about this incident to call 212-335-9040.”