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Man Who Filmed Garner Chokehold Arrested, Family Thinks It’s a Set Up

Ramsey Orta, who filmed the NYPD chokehold that resulted in a Eric Garner’s death, was arrested Saturday on gun charges, and his family thinks the NYPD is punishing him for the video.

Police say officers saw Orta stick a handgun into the waistband of his friend as they were leaving a “known drug prone location” on Staten Island Saturday night — just one day after the city medical examiner ruled Garner’s death a homicide.

Orta’s family told the press that the cops had been following him, even parking outside of his house in wait. Orta’s wife Chrissie Ortiz said he phoned her during the incident. “He called me and said, ‘babe, hurry up and come over here, they’re trying to pin something on me,’” she said.

“They park across the street, they follow him,” Ortiz said. “It’s obvious. Once they rule this a homicide, now you all of a sudden find something on him? Come on, let’s be realistic. Even the dumbest criminal would know not to be doing something like that outside. So the whole story doesn’t fit at all.”

According to the New York Post’s “sources” — proceed with caution — Orta also told his wife, “I got arrested. Call Al Sharpton right away!”

Orta, 22, is already expected in court on prior assault and robbery charges.

[h/t CBS News / Staten Island Live]

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