On Monday, May 1, Jordan Neely, a 39-year-old Black man, was killed on a New York subway.
Mr. Neely was unhoused. He struggled with mental health impairments, and symptomatic of his condition, Mr. Neely reportedly yelled at subway passengers. A 24-year-old fellow rider put Mr. Neely in a chokehold until he was rendered unconscious. First responders rendered first aid, but Mr. Neely was pronounced dead at a hospital later that afternoon, and the cause of death was compression of the neck.
Black lives matter even when they are unhoused, poor, and have mental health conditions. The National Health Law Program decries a system that criminalizes mental health impairments instead of ensuring access to mental health services and calls for a thorough investigation into the circumstances that cost Jordan Neely his life.