Man who shot video of NYPD choke-hold arrested

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The man who shot a video of a fatal police choke hold has been arrested on a gun charge, police said.

Ramsey Orta, 22, was arrested Saturday night on Staten Island on a charge of criminal possession of a firearm, an NYPD spokesman said.

RELATED STORY: NYPD "chokehold arrest" of Eric Garner ruled homicide

Orta shot the video of an officer using a choke hold to restrain Eric Garner on July 17. Garner died shortly after.

Police say an unloaded semi-automatic weapon was recovered from Orta. It was reported stolen in Michigan in 2007.

They say Orta is in a hospital being treated for a medical condition.

It wasn't clear if Orta had a lawyer.

The New York City medical examiner ruled Garner's death a homicide. The man's widow and the Rev. Al Sharpton have called for an arrest in his death.

"I knew that was the cause because I saw it," Orta said after the medical examiner's ruling. "Now somebody should get charged."

Police said Garner was being arrested for selling illegal untaxed cigarettes, but Orta said Garner had just broken up a fight before officers arrived.

"They were just going after him because of his past," Orta said. "They didn't witness him sell no cigarettes."

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