NEW YORK – A man who recorded video of a fatal police chokehold in New York City has been charged with drug possession.
Prosecutors say Ramsey Orta was arrested Wednesday after he sold an undercover officer $40 worth of the euphoria-inducing stimulant MDMA, also known as the party drug Molly.
Last July, Orta recorded a police officer restraining Eric Garner, who yelled "I can't breathe!" 11 times before passing out. The medical examiner ruled Garner's death a homicide and found a chokehold contributed to it.
A Staten Island grand jury declined to indict the white police officer in the black man's death, prompting street protests.
Orta's lawyer says Orta denies the charges and didn't commit the crime.
Orta also was arrested in August and was charged with criminal possession of a weapon. He pleaded not guilty. That case is pending.