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Man Who Taped Fatal Eric Garner NYPD Chokehold Video Arrested


The man who videotaped the fatal chokehold death of Eric Garner by the NYPD in Staten Island has been arrested. Ramsey Orta, credited with the footage, was arrested last Saturday for gun possession along with a teen girl outside a hotel.

Orta, 22, was observed by police speaking to 17-year-old Alba Lekaj outside the Hotel Richmond in Staten Island Saturday night around 9:45 p.m. The pair entered the hotel, and then exited when Orta placed a .25 caliber Norton handgun in Lekaj’s waistband.

DNAInfo has more:

They were both arrested on the spot on weapons possession charges, police said. Lekaj also had a Ziplock bag full of marijuana in her bra and was charged with marijuana possession, police said.

Lekaj was arraigned and released Sunday, while Orta was still awaiting arraignment Monday, prosecutors said.

He’s been arrested 25 times for assault, criminal possession of stolen property and criminal possession of marijuana, an NYPD spokeswoman said.

Orta was undoubtedly on the NYPD’s radar, this after getting arrested for assault just last month. There has been some speculation online that Orta was tailed by the cops, and they waited to get the drop on him.

Photo: YouTube/Ramsey Orta/NY Daily News

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  • jihad livingston

    He told on the police, exposing them for who they are.He embarrassed the cops, this fool should have known his asz was gonna be under a microscope Illegal gun possession in NYC carries a mandatory 3year prison sentence he’ll be doing that and more

    • Kali Chick

      Hopefully he’ll make it out…cops are very vindictive.

      • jihad livingston

        They are gonna fix it to whereas his 20’s or a good chunk of his 20’s will be spent in prison

    • MCraw

      Unfortunately, everything you said is true. People are angry here. But the NYPD is pissed over the bad PR. They’re not embarrassed, they’re not sorry and they are not going to do anything to any of those cops who killed him. All they’re going to do is go after anyone who exposes their evil, like this man. He should have laid low. NYC ain’t shite, even natives know that.

      • jihad livingston

        There’s a wite law and a blak law

  • Aniyah Sydney Renne Tifari

    Ok so what does his, arrest has to do with the murder of Eric garner? ?????

  • Seandoe26

    Ok and what he got or has gotten arrested for has nothing to do with the situation.

  • DeeStar

    Boy oh boy, they are about to stick it to him GOOD just because they are mad at him filming the footage!!!

  • sexyasstruth

    He is young and ignorant. He made police look bad he didn’t think they would follow his every move. He helped to bring justice for a black man’s wife

  • He got setup, plain and simple.