The Only Person Going to Jail For Eric Garner’s Death is the Man Who Filmed it, and He’s Getting 4 years
Ramsey Orta, the man who filmed the most infamous police killing of Eric Garner – and was thereafter targeted by police in a barrage of “false and/or trumped up charges” – was sentenced to four years in prison for gun possession and drug charges.
While many of NYPD’s finest will celebrate the silencing of an activist who helped expose police brutality, the reality is that another man is being locked in a cage for victimless crimes, while the one who murdered Eric Garner walks free.
“Ramsey Orta told his family “it will be okay” in Staten Island Supreme Court as Justice Stephen Rooney read out his sentence.
As court officers put handcuffs on Orta, protesters stood up in the courtroom, holding their fists in the air, flashing peace signs and chanting, “No justice no peace! F–k these racist police!”
The only two charges that stuck were possessing a handgun and selling heroin to an undercover cop. However, according to Orta’s family, no fingerprints or DNA belonging to Orta were found on the gun.
We can only hope that Orta does not suffer physical and mental abuse while in the confines of a prison. He endured a short time in jail last year until a grassroots fundraising effort bailed him out, but while there Orta found rat poison in his food and refused to eat.
“My biggest fear about prison would be not coming out alive. I fear for myself being behind enemy lines,” said Orta. “I’m going in there with a level head. I’m praying that I can come right out and continue my life as an activist.”
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