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Wife of Man Who Recorded Eric Garner's Murder by NYC Police Arrested for Assault — Are Cops Flexing Their Police State Muscles?

Are police harassing a family for their involvement in exposing police brutality?

Chrissie Ortiz.
Chrissie Ortiz. (Screen capture from NY1 video)
Chrissie Ortiz was arrested for allegedly assaulting a woman who criticized her husband, Ramsey Orta. Ramsey Orta was arrested just a few days before for allegedly carrying an unloaded gun and a small amount of marijuana. Ms. Ortiz had accused the NYPD of 'setting up' her husband because he was the one who recorded the murder of Eric Garner by police.



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Sidewalk memorial at the site of Eric Garner's murder by police in Staten Island, NY.
Sidewalk memorial at the site of Eric Garner's murder by police in Staten Island, NY. (Photo by Ronald David Jackson)

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By Anthony M. Destefano
The outspoken wife of the man who took the amateur video of Eric Garner's fatal confrontation with police was arrested Tuesday night in connection with an assault on a woman in Staten Island, according to police.

Chrissie Ortiz was arrested soon after she accused police of 'setting up' her
husband on a gun charge because he recorded the murder
of Eric Garner by police



Chrissie Ortiz, 30, was being processed at the 120th Precinct on charges she struck a woman who had criticized her husband, Ramsey Orta, 22, according to an NYPD spokesman. Charges were pending, the spokesman added.

Orta's video of a July 17 confrontation showed Garner, of Staten Island, arguing with officers who then tackle him. An officer is seen applying a chokehold that the New York City medical examiner ruled killed Garner.

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Eric Garner Murdered by NYPD Chokehold and the Man Who Recorded the Killing Gets Arrested for Unloaded Gun and Pot — Coincidence?

Ramsey Orta recorded the murder or Eric Garner by New York City police with his cell phone.
Ramsey Orta recorded the murder or Eric Garner by New York City
policewith his cell phone. (Screen capture from YouTube video)
By J. DAVID GOODMAN
Narcotics officers on Saturday arrested a Staten Island man whose visceral cellphone images of the forceful and ultimately deadly arrest of Eric Garner helped galvanize protests and set off a citywide debate over police practices.

The police charged the man, Ramsey Orta, with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon — a .25-caliber Norton semiautomatic handgun — that the officers said he had been trying to pass to a teenager on the sidewalk of a drug-prone street only blocks from the spot where officers had the fatal confrontation with Mr. Garner.

The officers also arrested the teenager, Alba Lekaj, 17, charging her with possession of the gun and with possession of a small amount of marijuana, the police said.

Sidewalk memorial at the site of Eric Garner's murder by police in Staten Island, NY. (Photo by Ronald David Jackson)

Plainclothes narcotics officers approached Mr. Orta shortly before 10p.m. Saturday on a stretch of Central Avenue known for drug dealing, the police said, and saw him putting an object into Ms. Lekaj’s waistband. After a search, they discovered the weapon, the police said.

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