NYPD Inspector Reacts to Charges in Subway Chokehold Death
New York City, NY – In the latest development of the subway chokehold death case, NYPD Inspector Paul Mauro has spoken out regarding the charges brought against Marine veteran Daniel Penny.
The incident, which resulted in the tragic death of Jordan Neely, has sparked heated debates about the appropriate response in such situations.
During an interview on ‘Lawrence Jones Cross Country,’ Inspector Mauro emphasized that the NYPD does not make arrests unless ordered to do so.
He defended Penny’s actions, stating that manslaughter in the second degree should be considered when the risk is of such a nature that it deviates significantly from the standard of conduct expected of a reasonable person.
Mauro highlighted the dilemma faced by individuals who find themselves in similar situations.
He questioned whether a reasonable person should allow someone to assault another individual after expressing their intention to do so.
He further appealed to viewers’ sense of empathy, asking them to imagine being on a subway car with their loved ones, as subway riders are disproportionately targeted by criminals.
The inspector acknowledged the legal complexities surrounding the case and the possibility of a clear self-defense argument.
Normally, such cases would go before a grand jury of the defendant’s peers to determine the appropriate charges.
However, Mauro expressed doubt that the second-degree manslaughter charge would be brought before a grand jury.
He also raised concerns about the motivations behind the ongoing protests related to the incident.
Mauro suggested that these demonstrations might be contrived, particularly since the protesters were aware that the train had been shut off and the risk involved.
While he mentioned the involvement of Alvin Bragg, who is connected to the case, Mauro did not absolve Mayor Eric Adams of responsibility, stating that the order for the arrest could only have come from City Hall.
Mauro concluded by criticizing Adams for what he perceived as a shift in his handling of the situation due to political pressure.
Initially, Adams had approached the matter in a statesman-like manner, avoiding any interference.
However, the inspector claimed that the mayor’s stance changed after facing political heat, prompting the NYPD to make the arrest independently.
Although Adams and Bragg purportedly consulted on the decision, Mauro insinuated that political considerations had played a role in the case.
As the subway chokehold death case continues to unfold, it remains a topic of intense scrutiny and debate.
The events surrounding the incident have highlighted the difficult balancing act faced by law enforcement and the need to address concerns about excessive force while ensuring public safety.