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NY Post
New York Post
10 Jun 2023

NextImg:Ramsey Orta, who recorded Eric Garner’s deadly arrest, busted with gun after NYC police chase: NYPD

The man who recorded the last moments of Eric Garner’s life was busted with a loaded gun and “a large quantity” of heroin and cocaine in Brooklyn Friday night after refusing to pull over for police and then crashing, cops said.

Ramsey Orta, 31, took off in his blue 2016 BMW X6 after cops tried to stop him for driving with no front plate around 10:30 p.m. in Williamsburg, police said.

Ramsey Orta, who recorded the police chokehold death of Eric Garner, at a court appearance in 2016.
Steven Hirsch

“He didn’t stop right away,” a police spokesperson said.

The career criminal then crashed into another car at Metropolitan Avenue and Wythe Avenue, cops said. It wasn’t clear how long the pursuit lasted.

Police officers found a loaded 9mm Taurus pistol and the drugs in the vehicle, according to cops.

Ramsey Orta shown during an earlier arrest.
Orta, who now has 13 arrests on his record, was busted in possession of a loaded firearm, cops said.
Stephen Yang

Orta faces a litany of charges, including possession of a loaded firearm, criminal possession of a controlled substance, reckless endangerment, fleeing, obstruction of governmental administration, and a slew of vehicle infractions, according to police. 

He was driving with a suspended license, cops said.

The bust marked Orta’s 13th arrest, including two prior gun arrests in 2014 and 2020, police sources said. 

Ramsey Orta at an earlier court appearance.
Orta’s footage of Eric Garner’s last breath captured him repeatedly saying “I can’t breath,” which became a rallying cry.
Gregory P. Mango

In 2014, Orta shot the only footage of NYPD Officer Daniel Panaleo choking Garner during an attempted arrest for loose cigarettes on Staten Island. 

The footage captured Garner’s “I can’t breath” cries and helped sparked protests across the country.

Orta was awaiting arraignment in Brooklyn Criminal Court, cops said.