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Man Imprisoned After Filming Eric Garner’s Death, Refusing to Eat, Rat Poison Found in Jail Food

New York, New York – 22-year-old Ramsey Orta, the young man who filmed the NYPD killing Eric Garner, was arrested shortly after on trumped up charges. He has since been locked up at the notorious Rikers prison in New York.

Immediately following the killing of Eric Garner, Orta was stalked and targeted by police. They allegedly scrutinized Orta’s daily life until they were able to find something to charge him with. Eventually, he was confronted by police who illegally searched him and arrested him for the non-violent crime of carrying an unregistered firearm.

Orta had expressed concern for his safety after his arrest because he was sure that the police were retaliating against him for exposing what they had done to Eric Garner.

While in prison, Orta has taken seemingly drastic measures to ensure that he is not killed by the gang he witnessed murder Eric Garner. Orta has been refusing to eat, as he fears that guards may poison him because he is a high-profile opponent of police brutality. Sadly, Orta’s fears were well-founded. While he has been behind bars at Rikers, dozens of other inmates have reported traces of rat poison in their food, a claim that was actually recently admitted by prison officials.

It was reported by the New York Post last month that 19 different inmates were denied medical testing after bluish green pellets were found in their food.

Orta has been refusing to eat, so he has not ingested any of the food laced with rat poison and is not one of the 19 inmates in question. However, his health is deteriorating and he is becoming malnourished due to the lack of food.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with The Free Thought Project, Danette Chavis, organizer and founder of National Action Against Police Brutality (NAAPB) pointed out that Orta’s search and arrest were completely unjustified.

It’s imperative that each and every one of us watch this case closely, for what is being done to Ramsey Orta is being done across the United States to those who would resist the oppressive forces of police. When police have to reach back into the history of a person to justify their actions of “today,” something is very wrong. For the actions committed by the person at the time of arrest should be sufficient. And when it isn’t they ought not be charged with a crime. Because if “history” is enough to “convict” the United States itself is guilty, for crimes unable to be enumerated here,” Chavis said.

Orta’s situation is dire, there is only so long that a person can go without adequate nutrition. It has now been proven that the food in prison cannot be trusted, not for your average inmate, and especially not for controversial ones. His bail has been set at $16250, and his family cannot afford to pay it. This is truly a life and death situation, so his family has started a fundraiser to help with the legal fees. Unfortunately, however, the campaign has only raised a fraction of its goal. Please consider donating to the fundraiser if you have the means, even if it is only a few dollars.

Orta was not the only person to be targeted for filming the Garner murder either, as we reported last month, Taisha Allen, who also filmed the death of Eric Garner, is speaking out and saying that her involvement with the case has put a target on her back with the NYPD.

John Vibes is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war. In addition to his writing and activist work he organizes a number of large events including the Free Your Mind Conference, which features top caliber speakers and whistle-blowers from all over the world. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. You can find his 65 chapter Book entitled “Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance” at bookpatch.com.

  • They most likely “targeted” him because of his past criminal actions. Their efforts were confirmed when he was ILLEGALLY carrying an unregistered firearm. It is not illegal to conduct a search on a person if the police have probable cause. This website is geared towards raising hate against the police, clearly. Free thought my ass.

    • xiromisho

      The search was unwarranted, and there’s no proof the gun found on him was his or that it wasn’t a plant.

      • RIGHT! cause you know, IT HAD to have been planted on him. Lets try to prove it one way or the other….. Oh right that’s not possible (good cop/bad cop). Naaa, distribution of a controlled substance is NEVER accompanied by unregistered firearms with serial numbers scratched off. I forgot, sorry about that. LOLOL lmfao you fucking ignorant trash.

        • Nicole Lasher

          Someone else possibly being paranoid or ignorant doesn’t negate your being a tool, copsucker.

          At least the other person is trying to think critically and not just eating whatever crap the government and police say.

          • The government and police are corrupt as shit, and heroin dealers typically have a gun for safety. Common sense. I don’t believe anything I read or see in the news unless it involves me personally. So point one way or the other, its the same thing, assumptions.

          • Nicole Lasher

            Then you shouldn’t call people names for doing the same thing you are: assuming.

            If I may be wrong though, I would err on the side of the least corrupt.

          • Still assumptions be it you weren’t involved directly. etc etc etc

    • NiteShayde


      • Ignorant Plant lover whom adds y to things unnecessarily. LOL.

  • Austin Shirra

    Did the gofundme meet it’s goal? I went to the link, and it’s not there….

    • Jane domes

      they raised 55k out of 100.

  • Tudor Raneti

    The links are in romanian, sorry

    The police acting like a mob of criminals in not an american phenomena. The police falsified three penal files on me

    2845/P/2016 for which I filed this file for placement under interdiction for their blatant schizophrenia to falsify papers against me

    and a penal file:

    3992/P/2016 si 4329/P/2016, and before this the magistrate criminal mob in my country attempted to murder me 4 (four) times in a row as I prove in this summary of events:

    I followed the “red wire” of corruption up to the topmost officials as the Superior council of magistrature (CSM or Consiliul superior al magistraturii in romanian), the general prosecutor, the minister of justice and the high court president. The forum where I posted the files is pretty much just about proving the ilicit activity of the magistrate mafia in Romania

  • Maybe he was being targeted by the police for revenge in creating an irrefutable video of horrific police brutality, but don’t equate carrying an illegal gun as a harmless felony. Also, If he was afraid of the police he certainly shouldn’t have given them a reason for a “justifiable shooting.”

  • Jane domes

    Another article says he sold drugs to an undercover cop nine times. Why would it take nine times before someone is arrested? If he sold drugs, that would be cause to search him. Not saying it is accurate, but why is’nt it in this article? The poison issue etc. He should be moved out of there for his own safety. It is a total conflict for him to be there.