NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The man who took video of Eric Garner, who died in custody after being put in a chokehold by police, appeared in court on gun charges Monday.
The arraignment for Ramsey Orta, 22, was held after he was released from Richmond University Medical Center, where he was being treated for a panic attack, WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported.
Orta pleaded not guilty two counts of criminal possession of a weapon and is being held on $75,000 cash bail, 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reported. The bail was set in part due to what a judge called Orta’s “significant” record that included two felony convictions.
As CBS 2’s Andrea Grymes reported, Orta’s wife, Chrissie Ortiz, left the courthouse in tears following the arraignment.
“It’s ridiculous,” she said. “It’s obvious he was set up. Who cannot see that?”
Orta was arrested Saturday night on Staten Island, a few blocks from where officers confronted Garner on July 17.
Around 9:45 p.m. Saturday, police said plainclothes officers from a Staten Island narcotics unit saw Orta stuff a silver-colored, .25-caliber handgun into a 17-year-old female companion’s waistband as they were leaving the Hotel Richmond single-room occupancy facility.