Ramsey Orta Wiki – Ramsey Orta Bio
Ramsey Orta, the man who filmed the death of Eric Garner, has been released from prison. According to Rolling Stone, Orta was released on May 28. His release was confirmed by his girlfriend and the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.
Orta was sentenced to four years in prison for criminal possession and criminal sale of a controlled substance, according to inmate records. Orta will be under parole supervision until July 11 and will be under post-release supervision until January 2022. Orta is the man who made Garner’s death gain national attention. When New York police officers approached Garner in July 2014, Orta recorded the encounter that led to Garner’s death and galvanized the Black Lives Matter movement. The video he recorded on his cell phone was also key evidence in the trials related to Garner’s death.
Orta Regrets Filming Eric Garner
After the fatal incident, Orta said she regretted recording the last moments of Garner because they led to him being harassed by police officers in his community and later during his time behind bars. While Orta was incarcerated, he claimed that correctional officers mistreated him, called him by racist names, beat him, and denied him certain freedoms without any justifiable reason in retaliation for filming the incident with Garner. He even filed a lawsuit against the New York City Department of Correction in 2015 alleging that his food was poisoned by Riker’s Island staff. According to the Verge, Orta had fallen ill several times during his stay on Riker’s Island and suspected that his food had been poisoned. When his foods were tested, the meatloaf he had been eating was found to test positive for brodifacoum, an active ingredient in the rodenticide.
“Since Ramsey has been in jail—as a result of a case where I believe he was set up—he’s been harassed and punished in solitary confinement,” anti-police brutality activist Josmar Trujillo told the Amsterdam News. “On one occasion when myself and others tried to visit him, we were turned away at the door and given no reason even after repeatedly confirming with the prison about visiting hours.”
Ramsey Orta Charge & Released
Orta was sentenced to four years in prison in 2016 for possession of a weapon and on drug charges, according to the New York Daily News. In July 2014, Orta, then 22, recorded the police officers as they approached Garner near the Staten Island ferry terminal and accused him of selling loose cigarettes. An officer, Daniel Pantaleo, put his arm around Garner’s neck and threw him to the ground. Garner repeatedly told officers that he was unable to breathe and died shortly after the altercation. The video Orta recorded triggered a wave of protests and investigations into police practices. “I can’t breathe” became a phrase that history has not forgotten. Pantaleo was fired in August 2019 without a pension, according to CNN, after being found guilty in a disciplinary trial for using a choke in Garner.