The funds raised through GiveSendGo to support former Marine Daniel Penny’s legal defense has topped $2 million, with Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) among those who announced that he would be contributing to the legal fund. Penny has been charged with second-degree manslaughter by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, after the Marine put repeat violent offender Jordan Neely in a chokehold.
The GiveSendGo page displays a photo of Penny, as well as the following statement: “Daniel Penny is a twenty-four-year-old college student and decorated Marine veteran, facing a criminal investigation stemming from him protecting individuals on a NYC subway train from an assailant who later died.”
“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. 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.”
GiveSendGo posted a tweet on Saturday that said the site had essentially gone down, as there was so much traffic coming through. This was the same day that Penny’s legal defense fund shot over $1 million. Human Events Daily host Jack Posobiec and Ian Miles also posted to Twitter, alerting their followers to the recent news.
Video footage of the event surfaced on May 1, which showed Neely being restrained in a submission hold by 24-year-old Penny. Neely had apparently been acting in a hostile and erratic way that alarmed passengers on a subway.
Leading up to the incident, Neely had been arrested more than 44 times, including charges on lewdness and assaulting a senior citizen. There was reportedly a warrant out for his arrest at the time of the incident.
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