Eyewitness: Grand Jury for Eric Gardner Rigged

Ramsey Orta

Ramsey Orta

Ramsey Orta, 22, the Staten Island man who took the video of officer Daniel Pantaleo killing Eric Gardner, now has two “eyewitness” accounts of injustice; the one he video taped on July 17, 2014 and what he experienced September 1, 2014 when his testimony was heard on the stand in the court room of the grand jury that found no cause for indictment against Pantaleo.

Orta said his appearance before the panel started two hours late because some of the jurors had not shown up. Then someone turned on the disturbing video of Pantaleo subduing Garner.

“They were asking me piece by piece — where I was, where I was standing at, if I was the one who shot the video,” he said of the prosecutors.

One of them “wasn’t even asking no questions about the police officer, he was asking all the questions toward Eric,” Orta said. “What was Eric doing there? Why was Eric there?

“Nothing pertaining to the cop choking him,” he said.

Only a few jurors asked any questions.

“Maybe three, that’s all,” he said. “The rest of them, they weren’t even worried about nothing. People was on their phones, people were having side conversations, like it was just a regular day to them,” he said of the jurors.

Those who did pose questions were also more focused on Garner than Pantaleo, he said.

“One grand juror asked me, ‘If you knew he was selling cigarettes, why didn’t you tell him the cops was there?’” he said.

To watch the exclusive video where Orta describes the all white jury and their behavior go to: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/eric-garner-grand-jury-rigged-man-filmed-chokehold-article-1.2033257


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