Daniel Penny Raised $1.5 Million After Being Charged for Jordan Neely’s Death

Towards the middle of May, a crowdfunding campaign in support of the legal defense fund for former Marine Daniel Penny, who was charged in the death of Jordan Neely — a homeless man — on the New York subway, has ballooned up to over $1.5 million in just a matter of days.

According to a report by Jack Phillips of The Epoch Times, his legal counsel, Thomas Kenniff and Steven Kaiser, kicked off the campaign on the conservative crowdfunding site GiveSendGo, declaring Penny was just “protecting individuals” on a subway train from a deranged attacker, who subsequently died. Penny is 24 years old and was arraigned on May 12 on one count of second-degree manslaughter for putting Jordan Neely in a fatal chokehold. 

Per prosecutors, Neely was “making threats and scaring passengers.” Neely has a lengthy criminal history In New York state. If Neely is  convicted, his second-degree manslaughter charge could result in him receiving a prison sentence of up to 15 years.

“Funds are being raised to pay Mr. Penny’s legal fees incurred from any criminal charges filed and any future civil lawsuits that may arise, as well as expenses related to his defense,” Penny’s crowdfunding page stated. “All contributions are greatly appreciated. Any proceeds collected which exceed those necessary to cover Mr. Penny’s legal defense will be donated to a mental health advocacy program in New York City.”

As a response to the fundraising, Kenniff said to Fox News that “the outpouring of generosity and support for Daniel Penny is beyond anything we could have imagined.”

“Daniel is incredibly grateful for the support of so many New Yorkers,” he added.

Penny’s case demonstrates how the right to self-defense is not always respected in the US, especially in blue states. In sum, there will be cases where legitimate uses of self-defense will be punished by political elites. This will require right-wing activists nationwide to pool their resources to support individuals persecuted by leftist governments. Standing alone is not an option. 

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