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Source: New York Post
"This had nothing to do with race," said Daniel Penny. Context: Daniel Penny, a 24-year-old ex-Marine and the defendant in the case, is expressing his viewpoint that the incident leading to Jordan Neely's death was not racially motivated.
"I judge a person based on their character. I'm not a white supremacist." Context: Daniel Penny is refuting allegations of him being a white supremacist and indicating his judgement is based on character, not race.
"I’m a normal guy." Context: After explaining his outlook and intentions, Daniel Penny presents himself as an ordinary individual, neither a vigilante nor a white supremacist.
"This was different, this time was much different." Context: Daniel Penny is referring to the altercation with Jordan Neely, implying that this incident was unlike anything he'd previously experienced.
"I can tell you that the threats, the menacing, the terror that Jordan Neely introduced to that train has already been well documented." Context: Thomas Kenniff, Daniel Penny's attorney from the Manhattan law firm Raiser & Kenniff, is stating that there is ample evidence documenting Jordan Neely's threatening behavior on the train.
"I’m deeply saddened by the loss of life. It’s tragic what happened to him. Hopefully, we can change the system that’s so desperately failed us." Context: Responding to what he would say to Jordan Neely's family, Daniel Penny expresses remorse for the loss and suggests a need for systemic change.
"I don’t, I mean, I always do what I think is right." Context: When asked if he feels any shame about his actions, Daniel Penny indicates that he always tries to do what he believes is right.
"We can’t live in a city where you can choke me to death with no provocation, no weapon, no threat and you go home and sleep in your bed while my family has to put me into a cemetery." Context: Rev. Al Sharpton, a civil rights activist, is expressing outrage over Neely's death at the funeral, indicating the injustice of a system that allows the perpetrator to live freely while the victim is buried.
"If you’re faced with all these challenges, you have to remain calm. What’s the point of worrying about something, worrying is not going to make your problems disappear." Context: Discussing the media attention and negativity he's faced since the incident, Daniel Penny states his philosophical approach to handling challenges, attributing this outlook to his father and grandfather.
"I was in Antigua, Guatemala, in a coffee shop. And I was just kind of overwhelmed by a sense of home even though I couldn’t be further from home, you know." Context: Discussing his love of travel and how it led to his interest in architecture, Daniel Penny recalls a poignant moment in Guatemala where he felt an unexpected sense of belonging.