We should have seen this one coming…
Man Who Filmed NYPD Choking Eric Garner Arrested For Weapons Possession
A man who filmed a New York City police officer use a choke hold on a suspect who later died has been arrested on weapons charges, law enforcement officials said on Sunday.
Ramsey Orta, 22, and a 17-year-old female were spotted on Saturday outside a known drug location on Staten Island by narcotics officers who saw Orta put a handgun in his companion’s waistband, the New York Police Department said.
Orta, who has a previous criminal conviction, faces two charges of criminal possession of a weapon.
At some point during his arrest, Orta told officers, “You’re just mad because I filmed your boy,” an NYPD spokeswoman said.
The comment was apparently in reference to the July 17 cellphone video shot by Orta during the arrest of Eric Garner, who was placed in a choke hold by a police officer while being detained for peddling illegal cigarettes.
Garner later died, and the New York City medical examiner ruled the his death a homicide.
Of course this was the chance for the NYPD to intimidate people like Ramsey who film their shady azz “officers” doin’ dirt on the street.
The New York City Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, the largest union representing NYPD officers, said in a statement that it was “criminals like Mr. Orta who carry illegal firearms who stand to benefit the most by demonizing the good work of police officers.”
“Sadly, in the effort to keep neighborhoods like Tompkinsville safe, a tragedy occurred. But that doesn’t change the fact that police officers routinely risk their lives for the benefit of the community,” the statement said.
Sure, this guy might be a criminal in his own right, but this kind of arrest is a far from just a random coincidence in our opinion. We bet some fat fawkin’ NYPD cop had been salivating at the chance to cuff the guy who’s brought heat down on the department over the last few weeks.
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