Ramsey Orta, the man who captured Eric Garner’s death by chokehold on video for the world to see, will now likely spend the next four years in prison after agreeing to a plea deal in a 2014 Staten Island drug and weapons case.
“I’m supposed to be copping out,” Orta told the New York Daily News. “I’m pretty much tired of fighting.”
Orta has been arrested several times since capturing Garner’s death at the hands of the NYPD on video. He believes he’s being targeted as retribution.
Orta has been living with his wife in Las Vegas since prosecutors dismissed a domestic violence charge against him. He claims he and his wife are now on good terms.
From the New York Daily News:
It was not immediately clear why the prosecution was dropped but Orta and his spouse have since said that they are on good terms.
He was accompanied at the courthouse by Kevin Moore, 30, a fellow member of the Copwatch organization who is known for having filmed the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore.
He still feels he’s a law enforcement target and has claimed that someone put rat pesticides in his food at Rikers Island so he’ll be taking precautions upstate by sticking to packaged commissary goods.
“I’m not going to eat the food that’s being provided,” he said to the Daily News. “Hopefully I can raise enough money.”