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New York City officials reported Wednesday that Charges have been dropped against Jordan Williams, the 20-year-old man who was accused of fatally stabbing a New York City subway passenger.
A grand jury declined to indict Williams on manslaughter and weapons charges. in connection with the fatal stabbing of Devictor Quedraogo, 36, on June 13 on a Brooklyn J train.
The authorities indicated that Quedraogo hit Williams’ girlfriend and harassed other passengers.
“Our office conducted a thorough and impartial investigation of this tragic case, including review of multiple videos and interviews with all available witnesses, and that evidence was fairly presented before a grand jury,” a statement from the office said. Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office.
“Today, the charges against Jordan Williams have been dismissed”he added.
Williams was arrested following the incident earlier this month, and his attorney, Jason Goldman, previously said his client he had acted in self-defense.
“Under New York law, a person is justified in the use of deadly physical force when he reasonably believes that such force is necessary to defend himself or others from the imminent use of deadly or unlawful physical force,” the statement said. district attorney’s office in its statement.
Williams said she’s happy to get on with her life.reported NBC New York.
Following the deadly altercation, Ouedraogo was taken to New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital with a stab wound to the chest and was later pronounced dead at the hospital, police said.
Ouedraogo had allegedly been harassing people on the train while acting belligerent and erratic.according to police sources consulted by NBC New York.
After the young man’s arrest, the lawyer questioned why Williams, who is African-American, had not received the same treatment as daniel pennythe 24-year-old white Navy veteran who was accused of wrongly suffocating Jordan Neely in a subway car.
In Penny’s case, the ex-marine was released after the incident and it was not until 12 days later that he turned himself in to the authorities.
The same day Williams’ charges were dropped, Penny pleaded not guilty to second-degree manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide in Neely’s death.
After Neely’s death, organizations and citizens took to the streets to demand justice for the death of the Michael Jackson impersonator, who was homeless at that time.
Penny said that Neely was being aggressive, however it has not been proven that he assaulted any passengers. The ex-marine applied a strangulation maneuver for about 15 minutes, which caused his death by suffocation.