Police said Sunday that Ramsey Orta, the 22-year-old who recorded brutal footage of NYPD putting Eric Garner in a chokehold, was arrested on weapons charges this weekend. He was picked up just blocks from where he recorded Garner's deadly arrest. Orta's wife claims police have been following him.
According to The New York Times, Orta was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon after allegedly trying to pass a .25-caliber Norton semiautomatic handgun to a teen on the street. The teenager, 17-year-old Alba Lekaj, was also arrested.
They park across the street, they follow him. I'm speaking [about] the NYPD. It's obvious. Once they rule [Eric Garner's death] 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.
In response to the arrest, Rev. Al Sharpton has urged District Attorney Daniel Donovan to let federal authorities prosecute the Eric Garner case. "Now the Staten Island District Attorney may be in a conflict where he is prosecuting someone who may be a witness in the [Garner] case," he said at a press conference on Sunday.
[Photo of Orta hugging Garner's mother at Garner's funeral via AP]