Grand jury indicts man who filmed Eric Garner video


At least one indictment has come out the Eric Garner case, but the person has nothing to do with law enforcement. Ramsey Orta, who filmed the now infamous footage of the death of Eric Garner, was indicted for third-degree criminal weapons possession and criminal firearms possession.

According to police, Orta had given a 25-caliber handgun to a teenage accomplice outside a hotel in New York. For his part, Orta claims that he was set up by police in retaliation for filming and uploading to YouTube the video of Garner’s death. The grand jury, however, rejected his defense and charged him.

The video was instrumental in bringing attention to the death of the unarmed Garner, who was killed by an illegal chokehold used by NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo. Orta was arrested one month after filming the July 17 death of Garner.


Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.

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