As the defense fund for Daniel Penny has grown to nearly $2 million, the city is still divided over whether the former Marine’s actions were appropriate or went too far. Former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton is among the voices advising people to let the legal process play out first. Speaking on 710 WOR’s Len Berman and Michael Riedel in the Morning program, Bratton is asking for cooler heads to prevail.
“I think we’re going to have to let the process play itself out,” said Bratton. “This rush to judgement on either side, whether in favor of the Marine or of the individual who died as a result of the chokehold, it’s too early… There’s also the issue of the rhetoric, the idea this was a murder, this was a lynching; it’s none of those things until, basically, it is decided in a court of law, and we have a long way to go with this one.”
Bratton does feel, however, that the mess that led up to the death of Jordan Neely is ultimately the fault of New York’s politicians. “Some of what’s going on here as I look at it is the effort on the part of the politicians to immediately point the finger elsewhere, instead of pointing it at themselves. They’ve created this situation, both the current crop as well as legislators, Republican and Democrat, over the last 50 years.”
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