Man who taped NYC choke video held on gun charge

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NEW YORK (AP) – The NYPD says the man who shot a video of a fatal police chokehold has been arrested on a gun charge.

A police spokesman says Ramsey Orta was arrested Saturday on Staten Island.

Orta shot the video of an officer using a chokehold to restrain Eric Garner on July 17. Garner died later. The city medical examiner ruled his death a homicide.

Police say an unloaded weapon reported stolen in Michigan was recovered from Orta. It wasn’t clear if Orta had a lawyer.

Patrick Lynch of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association says Orta’s arrest “underscores the dangers that brought police officers” to Garner’s community.

But the Rev. Al Sharpton says Orta’s arrest wasn’t relevant to police treatment of Garner. Sharpton and Garner’s widow have called for an arrest in his death. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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