Daniel Penny, the 24-year-old military veteran who is being prosecuted for putting a New York City subway driver in a deadly stranglehold earlier this month, acted in the eyes of far-right Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as a “more merciful Samaritan”. .
He shared a link to where Penny is raising funds for his legal defense on twitter Friday evening.
The governor is said to be in the same post starts his offer for the Republican presidential nomination any day – railed against “the Soros-funded DAs” in reference to popular right-wing bogeyman George Sorosan elderly Jewish billionaire who supports progressive causes.
Penny surrendered this week on involuntary manslaughter charges. The former US Marine claims he acted in self-defense against Jordan Neely, a homeless black man who openly spoke to other passengers in the car.
The 30-year-old’s death sparked protests in New York City over providing adequate services to homeless people, who are disproportionately represented by people of color, many of whom suffer from mental health problems.
“We stand with good Samaritans like Daniel Penny. Let’s show this Marine… America is behind him,” DeSantis wrote on Twitter.
His message reflected the broader efforts of conservative politicians and the media raise concern about the threat of crime nationwide.
In Neely’s case, freelance journalist Juan Alberto Vasquez, who filmed the incident, said that Neely complained that he had no food and that he didn’t care about being sent to prison. Some people in the car pulled away from him out of caution, but others didn’t. Vasquez told Curbed.
“They just stood there and watched him. They stayed there as if to say, ‘Well, until we see there’s a risk,'” Vasquez told the outlet. “For me, when Jordan throws his jacket away, it’s a way of saying, ‘There might be some violence here,’ because things like that happen all the time, because just a year ago there was a guy who walked in and…” has a lot of people shot on the train.”
He added: “And obviously the Navy ended up going too far. But the police also went too far by not arriving on time.”
Seeing homeless people on the New York City subway system is commonplace. while the city Contracts with teams to provide treatment and resources Advocates say there are insufficient resources for the homeless on the streets.