Ramsey Orta is an unsung hero for his courageous act of filming Eric Garner’s death as he was killed by police. Without his video, the circumstances of Garner’s death would have never been known. Unfortunately, this made him a public enemy of police who ultimately found a way to convict Orta on a duo of old charges.

Via The Root:

Justice Stephen Rooney read out the sentence in Staten Island Supreme Court as Orta told his family, “It will be okay” and protesters chanted “No justice no peace! F–k these racist police!” as they held their fists in the air while Orta was being handcuffed. Orta’s supporters have said that he is a victim of police retaliation for filming Eric Garner’s final moments and have expressed concerns about his well-being while he is serving his sentence.

We’re feeling really upset,” said Lisa Ricardo, Orta’s aunt. “I would tell the police, don’t touch him. Hands off Ramsey. Leave him alone in jail.” According to police, Orta was caught selling heroin, crack cocaine, marijuana, oxycodone and anti-anxiety pills to an undercover office nine times, and he was also caught with a .25-caliber handgun.

“Ramsey filmed Eric’s last words, and that’s how my child will hear his voice,” said Jewel Miller, the mother of Eric Garner’s youngest child. “Ramsey Orta is a young boy. He’s just getting into adulthood. He’s just becoming a man and it’s really sad.”

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6 thoughts on “Man Who Filmed Eric Garner’s Death Sentenced To Four-Year Prison Term

  1. Although the article does not say what he was convicted of, it must not be much if his sentence is only 4 years. Evidently Staten Island must not be a good place for minorities to work or live or be seen while alive, since no cops were indicted for obvious excess force that led to death. SMH At least the family got something out of it.

  2. Kudos to this young man for catching NYPD doing it’s dirty deed against Eric Garner.

    NYPD constantly harassed Mr. Orta because the evidence he had on camera was valuable and proved that Eric Garner was MURDERED.

    Sad that Mr. Orta has a criminal record and that he has now been incarcerated for a four year term.

    Hopefully, he can do his bid and someday be a positive member of Society.

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