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Man who Recorded NYPD Choke Hold Incident Arrested for Gun Charge

August 05, 2014  | 

The man who recorded a New York City police officer using a chokehold during the arrest of a man who later died in custody was arrested himself late Saturday on a gun charge. 

Ramsey Orta, 22, is charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon. Police told Fox News Orta had a previous weapon conviction that prohibited him from possessing a firearm. He is due in court this month on robbery charges stemming from a May arrest and an assault charge from an arrest July 14, according to court records.

On July 17, Orta recorded the fateful confrontation between NYPD officers and his friend Eric Garner over the latter's alleged sale of loose, untaxed cigarettes. The video shot by Orta appears to show Garner losing consciousness after being placed in the chokehold. 

The officer who placed Garner in the chokehold, Daniel Pantaleo was stripped of his gun and badge pending the investigation. Another officer was placed on desk duty. Two paramedics and two emergency medical technicians were suspended without pay.

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Capt. Crunch @ 8/5/2014 6:22 PM

Nice to see another POS bite the dust. The police should arrest the other POS (Al Sharpton) for interfering with a police investigation, causing the good officer to be stripped of his gun and badge, pertaining to the Garner, incident.

H. S. III @ 8/6/2014 6:42 PM

I didn't see the cops take down a POS in the video. I saw a POS cop hop up and hang his entire body weight on a suspect's throat and then put his entire weight on the suspects head while he was on the ground not even moving. You ever have a small child hang on your throat? It totally cuts off your air. PD policy of no choke holds means NO choke holds. Anyone who saw that video and saw that cop place his arm around the suspects throat and says "That wasn't a choke hold" needs glasses. Good officer he was not.

Capt. Crunch @ 8/7/2014 10:46 AM

@ H.S.III, lets hope H.S.IV, has more sense. Choke holds are legal maybe some PD's have a policy against them my PD did not, and we were trained how to do the choke hold without injuring the suspect. The POS that died was out of shape. As Dirty Harry, would say" a man has to know his limitations". Also as you can see the person who took that video is a POS. I also would like to see Sharpton, get arrested because he is a POS. As for you what would you do if that monster came after you?

Sherry @ 8/10/2014 11:50 AM

Choke holds get out of hand way to easy. Glad it was recorded or all would have been down played. I heard a child asking his mother why is the officer acting like a bully? The man only asked why did you stop me, officer said shut up and started beating him up on the ground. Just like the bully at school. What am I to say to that? The child is right.

Sherry @ 8/10/2014 12:05 PM

I wanted to know if the arrest/investigation of the guy recording was because officer were unhappy with what he recorded? The officers here in Phoenix are a bit too aggressive for the average innocent bystander/citizen. They ask you a question then call you a lier when given the answer. When an officer uses force to push your arm way up your back it is natural to try and bring it down to a non hurting point. Then your under arrest for resisting arrest. Way out of line. A man killed over selling cigs illegally. An unarmed man. Sad

boston's finest @ 8/13/2014 12:38 PM

@ Capt. C is the man. I second that...

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