Man Who Filmed Eric Garner Video Sentenced
The Staten Island man who filmed Eric Garner’s final moments of life was sentenced to four years in prison Monday for drug and weapons charges.
The New York Daily News reports that protesters stood up in the courtroom and held their fists in the air as police placed handcuffs on Ramsey Orta. The activists also flashed peace signs and chanted, “No justice no peace! F*** these racist police!”
“We’re feeling really upset,” said Lisa Ricardo, Orta’s aunt. “I would tell the police, don’t touch him. Hands off Ramsey. Leave him alone in jail.”
In July, Orta said he was “tired of fighting” and pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a weapon and criminal sale of a controlled substance. Officials say he sold heroin, crack cocaine, marijuana, oxycodone and anti-anxiety pills to an undercover officer nine times. He was also caught with a .25-caliber handgun.
Orta has had several run-ins with the law since filming NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo placing Garner in a fatal chokehold in 2014. His supporters say he is the victim of police retaliation.
“Ramsey filmed Eric’s last words, and that’s how my child will hear his voice,” said Jewel Miller, the mother of Eric Garner’s youngest child, who attended the sentencing. “Ramsey Orta is a young boy. He’s just getting into adulthood. He’s just becoming a man and it’s really sad.”
Photo: Ramsey Orta, “Democracy Now” still image