Who is Ramsey Orta?
- The man who filmed Eric Garner’s death at the hands of the police, Ramsey Orta, is sentenced to four years in prison.
- On charges unrelated to the event, making him the only person present at Garner’s death scene to will enter the dungeon.
- Last week Orta reached a sentence reduction agreement on charges related to firearms and drugs.
- Ramsey Orta says he has been detained and harassed by the police repeatedly since filming the event two years ago.
Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez of Democracy Now!
- Interview Eric Garner’s daughter, Erica Garner, and Matt Taibbi, a renowned journalist who writes for Rolling Stone magazine, is currently preparing a book on the Eric Garner case.
- Amy Goodman: I’m so sorry, Erica, as you sit down to once again watch the video of your father gasping and saying he can’t breathe.
- You have spoken publicly about this for the past two years.
- Yes. I have protested and have spoken on television.
- And also, I have traveled all over the country and I exhaust all the avenues.
- I have supported Bernie Sanders so that he knows and transmits my message.
- I have talked about this for two years, and there is still a need to speak.
- The Black Lives Matter movement has been very patient, compassionate, and pleaded with the nation to listen to us.
- Do you know? We blacks are being attacked every day, shot down every day.
- And these officers are not being held responsible.
- And there are no charges, from Tamir Rice to my father to Freddie Gray.
Amy Goodman: Wayne Isaacs was the off-duty police officer who shot Delrawn Small
- Yeah it’s like, you know, we need some legislation.
- We need a special prosecutor.
- Governor Cuomo imposed it as a temporary executive measure after my father died, and no one is talking about it.
- You know, no one is trying to make it permanent.
- The reason we know what happened in your father’s death is that videotaped it.
- The man who filmed his father’s murder, Ramsey Orta, now faces four years in jail on other unrelated charges.
- It is making him the only person at the scene of Garner’s murder to serve time in prison.
- Shortly after his father’s death, there was applause for him at a memorial service that was held.
- Yes, he showed the courage to do it, and he also told everyone what happened.
- If there were no video, you know, we wouldn’t know how they killed him.
- And we didn’t get it from the police department.
There is no transparency
- And now the hearing cases that the police camera went down, just like the Alton Sterling case.
- You know, it’s our word against theirs.
- Juan González: Matt Taibbi, you have been doing the investigation specifically in Eric Garner’s case and trying to look at this whole issue of police homicides.
- As we’ve seen in the Alton Sterling case, this entire thing is about where someone records and their footage is confiscated.
- Meanwhile, the police cameras go down.
- It is critically important that citizens make these recordings.
- I think the Eric Garner case is a classic example of why this is necessary, as subsequent reports revealed.
- The first official police report made that same night left out the fact that had used a dam key.
- And so, no recording of what happened, it is possible never to have heard of this case.
- It would have probably counted as an accident when a person who was in poor health struck in the middle of a routine arrest.
- But we, because we have that video, we saw what happened.
- So people must make these videos.
- And I think what is happening now is that everyone has mobile phones, and for the first time, people see that this is very common.
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