*The man who filmed Eric Garner’s death on video is a free man, thanks to a crowdfunding campaign.
Orta, is noted for capturing a New York City police officer placing Garner in a fatal chokehold. Footage of the incident, which went viral, cast a light on the use of excessive force by police around the country. A month after filming the incident, Orta was arrested allegedly passing a gun to a 17-year-old girl.
Orta has denied the charges against him, telling the local news he was “100 percent sure” that he was being framed by authorities in retaliation for filming Garner’s death. Attorneys for Orta, who TakePart noted are representing him in four cases
involving gun possession and drug sale charges, told the site that the money raised from the crowdfunding campaign is cleared by the funding website and transferred to Orta’s family he will likely be released in five to 10 days.
The attorneys went on to reveal their intent to have Orta’s case transferred out of Staten Island, where Garner was killed.
“The [Staten Island] district attorney has been purposefully polluting the well,” Kenneth Perry, one of Orta’s attorney’s, said. “We cannot get a fair jury there.”
Perry and fellow attorney William Aronin, who also represents Orta, allege that the district attorney’s office has disseminated “demonstrably false” statements made by unnamed police officers that implicate Orta in crimes he didn’t commit, including rape.
In their eyes, the attorneys mentioned to TakePart that transferring his case to Manhattan or another borough would give him a better shot at a fair trial.