The man who filmed the police’s death of Eric Garner is arrested again on firearms charges in Brooklyn
Man, 29, who filmed Eric Garner’s police death, is arrested again on firearms charges in Brooklyn – just four months after he was released from prison in a previous firearms case
- Ramsey Orta, Eric Garner’s boyfriend, was arrested during a traffic stop in Williamsburg on charges of gun possession
- Orta was released from prison in late May after serving four years on drug and firearms convictions
- Orta was put in the spotlight in 2014 when he filmed Garner yelling ‘I can’t breathe’ when he was arrested in Staten Island
- Garner’s death in police custody sparked protests nationwide
The man who videoed Eric Garner’s death during his 2014 arrest on Staten Island has been charged with gun possession just four months after regaining his freedom.
Ramsey Orta, 29, was arrested early Monday morning during a traffic stop in the Willamsburg section of Brooklyn.
According to police, Orta was stopped at the intersection of South 2nd and Roebling streets at around 2:00 am for driving his car with tinted windows.
Ramsay Orta (left), 29, a friend of Eric Garner (right) who filmed his death during his arrest in 2014, was arrested Monday on firearms charges
When police looked into Orta’s vehicle, they would have seen drugs, they reported New York Post.
Officers then asked the driver to get out of the car and searched him, allegedly discovering a 9mm gun in his waistband.
As a convicted criminal with a criminal record of more than 30 arrests, Orta is not allowed to own a weapon.
He was arrested on firearms charges. He was also wanted for questioning in connection with a domestic violence case, the police said New York Daily News.
In 2015, Orta was caught red-handed by police selling crack, oxycodone, marijuana and heroin in Staten Island park across the street from where Garner died. He was also arrested in a separate incident after being caught with a gun.
Orta was released from prison on May 28 after serving a four-year sentence for drug and firearms convictions.
He was released from the Franklin Correctional Facility near the Canadian border six weeks early amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Garner, a father of six, was strangled by Officer Daniel Pantaleo. This video shows officers taking care of him after he stopped breathing
Orta, pictured with Reverend Al Sharpton at the funeral service for Garner, claims his many arrests were in retaliation for filming Garner’s death.
The 29-year-old claims his many arrests were in retaliation for filming when his friend, Garner, repeated ‘I Can’t Breathe’ 11 times on July 17, 2014 by NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo.
“The police have been following me every day since Eric died, shining lights in my house every night,” he said The edge in 2018.
Orta’s video showed Pantaleo taking Garner to the ground after he and another officer confronted him over suspicion that he was selling loose, unloaded cigarettes outside a Staten Island supermarket.
Orta was released from prison on May 28, after serving a four-year sentence for drug and gun convictions. He was released from prison near the Canadian border six weeks early amid the coronavirus outbreak
Before Pantaleo grabbed him, Garner can be seen on video arguing with the agents and protesting what he considered to be constant harassment.
The images sparked outrage and nationwide protests against police brutality.
In December 2014, a Staten Island grand jury declined to indict Pantaleo for Garner’s death. He was fired in August 2019.