In a case some are calling retaliation, the man who filmed a New York City police officer putting Staten Island store owner Eric Garner in a fatal chokehold was arrested on gun charges last weekend, according to CBS New York.
Ramsey Orta, 22, and his family accused the New York City Police Department of retaliating against him for the video he captured of Garner’s arrest, which ended in the man’s death. Orta’s footage went viral, attracting heavy criticism for the department. Garner’s death was ruled a homicide last week.
Orta was arrested in Staten Island on Saturday and charged with criminal possession of a firearm, CBS New York reported. Police said the unloaded semi-automatic weapon found in Orta’s possession was reported stolen in Michigan in 2007.
“You’re mad because I filmed your boy,” Orta told police during his arrest, according to CBS New York.
Police officers told the TV station they did not know he was the one who filmed the Garner incident until Orta made the comment.
Orta, who is being treated at Richmond University Hospital for an unrelated medical condition, is on suicide watch, his mother, Emily Mercado, told the CBS affiliate. Mercado said her son has been followed by police officers since Garner’s death.
Orta’s wife, Christy Ortiz, told NBC New York that her husband’s arrest days after Garner’s autopsy was released cannot be a coincidence.
“Once they ruled this a homicide, now you all of a sudden find something on him?” Ortiz said, according to NBC New York. “C’mon. Let’s be realistic. Even the dumbest criminal would know not to be doing something like that outside. So the whole story doesn’t fit at all.”
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