Family of Man Who Filmed Chokehold Arrest Say He Was Set Up

Monday, August 04, 2014

Emily Mercado and six-year-old Jordan, mother and brother of Ramsey Orta, at their home on Staten Island (Kathleen Horan/WNYC)

The man who shot video of Eric Garner in a fatal police chokehold has been transferred to Rikers Island after pleading not guilty to two counts of gun possession.

Ramsey Orta, 22, had been arrested more than two dozen times in the past for offenses ranging from fare evasion to robbery, city officials said.

Orta’s mother Emily Mercado said her son had been incarcerated before but that he’d been staying out of trouble and was employed. Since Garner’s death, Mercado said the police had been shadowing Orta and he was worried to leave the house.

"They followed him around, they stopped in front of our house at four in the morning putting spot lights in the window,” she said.

Mercado said the gun was found on someone else and she didn't believe it was ever in Orta's possession. Narcotics officers at the 120 Precinct said they witnessed Orta slipping the .25 caliber Norton handgun into the waistband of 17-year-old Alba Lekaj, who was also arrested.

Law enforcement officials said Lekaj gave complete statements to the NYPD and the Staten Island District Attorney’s office. She was also charged with weapons possession and unlawful possession of marijuana but was free on Monday.

Orta is being held on $75,000 bail.

Reverend Al Sharpton introduces Ramsey Orta at Eric Garner's funeral service



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He said that the cops have been following him. Why did'nt he make a complaint and if they were following him. Why put yourself in a situation that will get you arrested. Don't hang out at all times of the night.

Go to work and keep a low profile.

Aug. 05 2014 03:58 PM

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