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Blakeman in NYC: "Free Daniel Penny"


By Nolan Cleary


Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman traveled to Manhattan to join New York City Council members Vickie Paladino (R-Whitestone) and Robert Holden (D-Ridgewood) in demanding that charges be dismissed for U.S. veteran Daniel Penny.

The 24 year Penny, a resident of Islip, is facing criminal charges after defending himself and others from a violent criminal in a Manhattan subway. Penny was not arrested by police, but was later arrested by "woke" Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg who was under pressure from the anti-white race group BLM to indict Penny.


Penny was charged with "manslaughter" after he and others held 30 year old Jordan Neely in a chokehold on a subway. Neely passed-out and later suffered cardiac arrest and died. Neely had a lengthy criminal record for violent crimes and was threatening and menacing people in the subway car when Penny and the others tried to stop him.

Blakeman was joined by a number of military veterans supporting "Free Daniel Penny" at the event.


"He cared about his fellow subway riders," Blakeman said. "He cared enough to get involved. And isn't that what we all want?"


Penny’s arrest sparked outrage around the country, with many considering him a hero. His case attracted the attention of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis who promoted a fundraiser to pay for Penny’s legal defense.


A crowd of counter-protestors gathered opposing Blakeman, holding “Justice for Jordan Neely” signs. Several of the Neely supporters violent and were arrested for violent obstruction.

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