New York Police Plant Handgun on Ramsey Orta, the Puertorican Kid Who Filmed Them Murder Eric Garner. Cops Get Ramsey Indicted on Bogus Gun Charges in Big Frame Up and Retaliation for Going Public with the Video That Went Round the World and Caused a Firestorm. Then, Just days after the videographer of the fatal Eric Garner chokehold tape was arrested by NYPD, his wife, Chrissie Ortiz, was also put in handcuffs.
NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who was caught on video choking unarmed Eric Garner to death, will not face charges in the incident, but a grand jury did indict Ramsey Orta, the man who filmed the video of Eric Garner’s death, on gun charges. Orta claims that NYPD officers arrested him in an effort to retaliate against him for filming the video.
Ramsey Orta, who filmed a police officer fatally choking a Staten Island man during an arrest, was arraigned on gun charges yesterday. Orta is convinced the arrest was NYPD-style retribution, telling the Staten Island Advance that he’s “100% sure” the cops set him up.
Police say that Orta tried to hide a gun on a 17-year-old girl on Saturday. Orta has been in the spotlight since the Daily News obtained his video documenting the July 17 arrest of Eric Garner, who died while the police were trying to restrain him and put him in a chokehold. Last week, Garner’s death was ruled a homicide.
Orta insisted the gun wasn’t his, “When they searched me, they didn’t find nothing on me. And the same cop that searched me, he told me clearly himself, that karma’s a bitch, what goes around comes around,” Orta said, adding later, “I had nothing to do with this. I would be stupid to walk around with a gun after me being in the spotlight.” He also explained what he was doing out:
My wife asked me to go get a Yoo-hoo and a Tylenol PM, so that’s what I decided to do. I knew that they were following me from my house to KFC (on Victory Boulevard near Bay Street). When I went inside the bathroom in KFC and I came back out, they were still following me. So I walked up the hill towards Central Avenue, next thing I know, they jump out on me.
“They searched me, they didn’t find nothing. They searched the girl, they found the gun on her. Then all of a sudden, they’re telling me to turn around.”
Orta’s family also said the police have been following him around since his incriminating video was shown. His wife said, “He called me and said, ‘babe, hurry up and come over here. They’re trying to pin something on me.’ The day after they declare it a homicide, you find someone next to him with a gun, and you saw him pass it off? Out in public when he knows he’s in the public spotlight? It makes no sense.”
“You’re just mad because I filmed your boy,” said Ramsey Orta, according to The Huffington Post, as officers with the New York Police Department arrested him for allegedly owning a gun. Orta is the man behind the camera in the now-infamous video in which NYPD officers put unarmed Eric Garner in a banned chokehold that suffocated him to death on a packed New York street. When a grand jury declined yesterday to indict NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo for killing Garner, protests erupted across the US, as many Americans felt that justice had not been served.
In light of the grand jury’s non-indictment of Eric Garner, Nick Wing at The Huffington Post pointed out the fact that a grand jury did indeed indict Ramsey Orta on gun charges that he claims were pinned on him by NYPD officers in an act of retaliation against him for filming the choking death. According to SILive.com, Orta, who filmed Garner’s death on July 17, was arrested on August 2 after police allegedly saw him handing a .25 caliber handgun to a friend. While firearms ownership is constitutionally protected and legal in most US jurisdictions, citizens in New York City are subject to strict gun control laws.
On August 15, a grand jury indicted Ramsey Orta, who has a prior drug conviction, on two felony charges, criminal firearm possession and third-degree criminal weapon possession, and a misdemeanor weapon possession charge. Orta plead not guilty and is fighting the charges. The New York City Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association issued a statement on Orta’s arrest with harsh words for “criminals like Mr. Orta who carry illegal firearms who stand to benefit the most by demonizing the good work of police officers.”
Orta’s wife Chrissie Ortiz told SILive.com that the charges against him were “total b.s.” and said, “I’m just worried about my husband and getting out the truth and making sure justice is served for Eric Garner and my husband.” She claims her husband was set up by NYPD and told CBS New York, “He called me and said, ‘babe, hurry up and come over here. They’re trying to pin something on me’… The day after they declare [Eric Garner’s death] a homicide, you find someone next to [Ramsey Orta] with a gun, and you saw him pass it off? Out in public when he knows he’s in the public spotlight? It makes no sense.”
The above-embedded video coverage of Orta’s arrest, which was broadcast back in August by CBS New York, notes that Orta’s mother Emily Mercado claimed that police had been following him ever since he filmed the video of Garner’s death. She said, “They’ve been following him. They’ve been sitting in front of my house, putting their spotlights in my window.” She called his video “something that needed to be shown, you know, that people needed to see.” Going further, she said, “I’m glad that he is the one that did it.” Back in August, Mercado said that Orta was placed on suicide watch following his arrest.
Orta’s lawyer Michael Zuntag pointed out the fact that no fingerprints were found on Orta’s alleged weapon. A DNA test is being conducted on the handgun to determine whether or not any samples are a match with Orta.
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