Just think of how much better Neely’s life would have been had the system actually supported him in getting the resources he so desperately needed. In the wealthiest country in the nation, there is no reason for anybody to be hungry or thirsty or without shelter.
But beyond the failures of our nation as a whole to provide meaningful support for our country’s most vulnerable populations, Neely’s death was also a failure of humanity.
“No disrespect to anyone here, but everyone’s talking about the system, the governor, the mayor, but not about the people on the train that day,” Leo Mutanba, a DoorDash delivery person, told Epicenter-NYC during a protest calling for justice for Neely’s death. “Not to be a superman but if you had any iota or any ounce of humanity in you. The man wasn’t even resisting, and for people to put a camera on a man getting choked out or dying. I wasn’t there, and don’t want to judge, but you would think somebody would try to save the man.
“And that was the saddest thing for me,” he continued. “Regardless of the intentions of the killer, everybody was complicit in that act. It happens all the time. People take out their cameras to film but they don’t try to intervene. They just watched a man get murdered in front of them.”