The Death of Eric Garner

The Death of Eric Garner

Staten Island grand jury clears NYPD officer in chokehold case

Man Who Shot Eric Garner Video Pleads Not Guilty in Weapons Case

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    Ramsey Orta is seen here in the black suit hugging a woman at Eric Garner's funeral.

    The man who shot a video of a fatal police chokehold pleaded not guilty Friday to weapons charges following his arrest earlier this month. 

    Ramsey Orta, 22, was arrested Aug. 2 on Staten Island, blocks from where Eric Garner died in police custody.

    Police said plainclothes officers from a borough narcotics unit saw Orta stuff a silver, .25-caliber handgun into a 17-year-old female companion's waistband after they walked out of the Hotel Richmond. Police called the location, on Central Avenue, a "known drug prone location."

    Police said Orta, who has been jailed since the arrest, had a previous weapon conviction that prohibited him from possessing a firearm. He remained in jail after pleading not guilty Friday.

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    Orta shot the video of an officer using a chokehold to restrain Garner on July 17. Garner died shortly thereafter, and his death was ruled a homicide by the medical examiner's office.

    Orta's wife, Chrissie Ortiz, has said she believes Orta's arrest was a "setup" in retribution. 

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