When a citizen captures police officers on video committing self-incriminating acts that citizen has to know they should not run afoul of the law anytime soon. Well the man that shot the video that recorded the killing of Eric Garner by a NYPD officer has done just that.
Ramsey Orta, 22 was arrested Saturday August 2nd 2014, along with a 17 year-old female in front of The Richmond Hotel in Staten Island. Both of them were charged with criminal possession of an unloaded firearm.
Police say the weapon they confiscated from the female’s waistband is a .25 caliber Norton semi-automatic pistol. The gun is alleged to have been stolen from Michigan in 2007. Police say they also confiscated a small amount of marijuana.
Orta is the man who recorded NYPD police’s deadly encounter with Eric Garner. The video went viral exposing the police’s use of an illegal chokehold that medical examiners later determined played a part in the death of Mr. Garner.
Note to Mr. Orta: If you’ve gotten a bunch of police officers in trouble, you want to be a model citizen. The officers in trouble have friends that may subscribe to a bible verse most think only is reserved for God. That verse is “Vengence is mine”.
Orta has a long criminal history: He’s been arrested 24 times since 2009, records show. That includes multiple collars for fare evasion, pot possession and one for robbery in May.
Orta was in the hospital on Sunday, police said, but refused to disclose further information about why he was there or his condition, citing privacy laws.
Curiously, the officer responsible for applying the deadly choke hold to Eric Garner was still free at the time of Orta’s arrest.