Ramsey Orta, the Man Who Filmed Chokehold on Eric Garner, Arrested

Ramsey Orta at podium with Rev. Al Sharpton at Eric Garner's funeral service
Ramsey Orta at podium with Rev. Al Sharpton at Eric Garner’s funeral service


*Somehow, I get the feeling this will come as no surprise to the readers of this post. After all, NYPD is probably so pissed at this man whose video of their horrific behavior went viral and solidified a distrust people already had of them, they probably set up surveillance to catch him at anytime.

So they say, its weapons possession.

Ramsey Orta was recognized by the family of Eric Garner, when he attended his dead friends funeral; and the Rev. Al Sharpton called him up to the podium.

Orta, 22, was spotted on Saturday along with a 17-year-old female  outside a known drug location on Staten Island by narcotics officers who saw allegedly saw him put a handgun in his companion’s waistband, the New York Police Department said.

Since Orta has a previous criminal conviction, he faces two charges of criminal possession of a weapon.

At some point during his arrest, Orta told officers, “You’re just mad because I filmed your boy,” an NYPD spokeswoman said.

Orta was talking about the July 17 cellphone video he shot showing an NYPD officer placing Garner in a choke hold while being detained for peddling illegal cigarettes – which was an assumption made because of Garner’s history.

Garner later died, and the New York City medical examiner ruled the his death a homicide.

Footage of the incident triggered public outrage and open up a sore spot the public has about police tactics and abuse of force.

The choke hold is banned by the NYPD, which says it is investigating why the maneuver was used.

With no retort to Orta’s claim of revenge, a statement by the New York City Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, the largest union representing NYPD officers, said that it was “criminals like Mr. Orta who carry illegal firearms who stand to benefit the most by demonizing the good work of police officers.”


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