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Grand Jury Indicts Man Who Filmed Eric Garner, Not Chokehold Cop


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Unlike in NYPD officer Daniel Panteleo’s case, a Staten Island grand jury panel was less sympathetic to Ramsey Orta, the man who filmed Eric Garner’s fatal police encounter.

A Staten Island grand jury Wednesday decided not to indict Pantaleo, who put Garner (pictured right), an unarmed Black man, in a chokehold shortly before his death, the Huffington Post reports.

Nearly a month after filming the July 17 incident between the officer and Garner, who was accused of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes, a grand jury indicted Orta on weapons charges that stemmed from an arrest by undercover officers in August.

Police charged that Orta tried to conceal a .25 caliber handgun in the waistband of a teenage accomplice while standing outside a New York hotel, the news outlet writes. Orta argued that the charges were trumped up by police as payback for his role in filming Garner?s death…

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