In a recent development, country star Kid Rock, also known as Robert Ritchie, has made headlines for his generous donation to Marine veteran Daniel Penny’s legal defense fund. Penny, a 24-year-old college student, is facing charges of second-degree manslaughter in relation to the death of a homeless man, Jordan Neely, on a New York City subway car. The donation, along with contributions from thousands of other individuals, has surpassed $2.5 million in the GiveSendGo campaign.
Kid Rock joined approximately 50,000 people who have rallied behind Penny’s cause by contributing to the online fundraiser. His donation of $5,000 placed him in the “Top Donations” section, where he expressed his belief that Penny is a hero and criticized Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg. The singer’s endorsement of Penny resonated with others, including Max King Realty Holdings LLC President/CEO Brett Kingstone, who increased his own donation to $5,000 after being inspired by Kid Rock’s support. Furthermore, 2024 Republican Party presidential primary candidate Vivek Ramaswamy donated $10,000, and political commentator Tim Pool contributed $20,000.
The GiveSendGo campaign was initiated to raise funds for Daniel Penny’s legal fees related to his criminal charges and potential future civil lawsuits. The campaign’s organizers, the law offices of Raiser & Kenniff, P.C., emphasized that any excess funds would be directed towards a mental health advocacy program in New York City. The statement highlights the intention to support Penny’s legal defense while also addressing broader social issues.
On May 1, Daniel Penny allegedly restrained Jordan Neely, a homeless man who was purportedly threatening people in a subway car. The incident reportedly involved Penny holding Neely in a headlock for approximately 15 minutes. Following his surrender to law enforcement, Penny was released on $100,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court on July 17. The charges against him include second-degree manslaughter, which will be examined during the legal proceedings.
The significant amount of money raised for Penny’s legal defense fund demonstrates the public’s divided opinions on the case. Supporters argue that Penny acted heroically by protecting fellow passengers from a potentially dangerous situation, while others maintain that his actions resulted in an unintended tragedy. The public’s engagement with the campaign reflects the wider discourse surrounding self-defense and public safety.
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Kid Rock was one of the top donors to Marine vet Daniel Penny’s legal defense fund after the 24-year-old was charged in the New York City subway chokehold death of an erratic homeless man.
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