The man who recorded video of the fatal police choke-hold inflicted on Eric Garner in New York City two weeks ago, was arrested on weapons charges Sunday.
Police say, Ramsey Orta, 22, was arrested on gun charges after a “plain clothes” officer witnessed him with the gun Sunday night on Staten Island, a few blocks from where officers confronted his friend Eric Garner on July 17, reports CBS news.
The arrest came a day after the city’s medical examiner ruled Garner’s death a homicide caused by the officer’s choke-hold, as well as the compression of his chest and prone positioning “during physical restraint by police.”
Orta echoed the call for arrest in Garner’s death after hearing the medical examiner’s ruling Friday. “I knew that was the cause because I saw it,” he said. “Now somebody should get charged.”
Police said plainclothes officers from a Staten Island narcotics unit saw Orta stuff a silver-colored, .25-caliber handgun into a 17-year-old female companion’s waistband after they emerged from a brief stop at the Hotel Richmond. Police called the location, on Central Avenue, a “known drug prone location.”
The unloaded semi-automatic weapon recovered was reported stolen in Michigan in 2007, police said. Officers charged the 17-year-old with criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of marijuana.
Police said Orta was in a hospital Sunday for treatment of a medical condition. No details were available. Police said Orta had a previous weapon conviction that prohibited him from possessing a firearm.
He is due in court this month on robbery charges stemming from a May arrest and an assault charge from an arrest three days before Garner’s death, according to court records.