NewsOne reports that Ramsey Orta, the man who shot the footage of Eric Garner placed in a chokehold by cop Daniel Panatelo, is in fear of his life since being released from jail this past Friday. Along with filming the Garner incident, Orta is concerned he may face resentment by the NYPD and any Panatelo supporters because his bail amount, which was set at a minimum of $100,00, was gained through a GoFundMe campaign and enabled him to be released.
According to the New York Daily News, Orta and his lawyer Ken Perry alleged that prosecutors wanted to keep him longer at the infamous Rikers Island so they could “vet the people who raised money for him via a crowdsourcing site.” At one of his last arraignments, the court had ordered for a second hearing of the bail money sources so they could essentially determine if it was “dirty” money.
Such a rumored plan was halted however when public outcry and protests in Staten Island further supported Orta’s release. He was initially jailed for reportedly selling drugs to undercover cops and for owning a gun.
Since Orta filmed Garner being violated by Panatelo (the chokehold led to the victim’s death) in June, him and his family have suffered daily harassment by various people. Still, he and Perry have expressed gratitude to the thousands of individuals that donated an average of $10 in Garner’s memory and Orta’s rights.
The Man Who Filmed The Eric Garner Chokehold Is Still Fearing For His Life was originally published on hellobeautiful.com