In early May, an incident at a New York City subway train involving a Marine veteran with unarmed combat experience made the rounds online. 24-year-old Daniel Penny was seen on video putting another man in a chokehold in what was deemed as an unruly incident taking a turn for the worse. 

According to reports, the victim later identified as 30-year-old Jordan Neely was allegedly acting belligerently at the time, yelling that he was hungry, thirsty, and “fed up.” Neely also reportedly said he didn’t mind being imprisoned for life and that he was “ready to die.” 

This was when Penny supposedly took action by putting Neely in what’s referred to as a rear-naked choke (RNC), where the attacking individual is applying the choke from the back. Penny reportedly had Neely in a chokehold for 15 minutes, as the latter went limp and slowly lost consciousness. 

Neely was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. Penny, on the other hand, is looking at a second-degree manslaughter charge