- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - The New York City man whose cellphone video captured the fatal police chokehold of unarmed black man Eric Garner is suing the city for $10 million over a drug arrest that he says was police retaliation.

Ramsey Orta was arrested last June after authorities say he sold an undercover officer $40 worth of the party drug known as Molly. The charges were later dropped.

Lawyer Andrew Plasse tells the Daily News (https://nydn.us/2aowlN4 ) Orta feels he was “unjustly singled out for arrest.” The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Manhattan Supreme Court claims it was an effort by the NYPD to “discredit” Orta’s video.

The footage showed Garner saying “I can’t breathe” in a confrontation with a white police officer in Staten Island.

The city Law Department says it will review the complaint.



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Information from: Daily News, https://www.nydailynews.com

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