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Wife of man who took Eric Garner video arrested
The outspoken wife of the man who took the amateur video of Eric Garner's fatal confrontation with police was arrested Tuesday night in connection with an assault on a woman in Staten Island, according to police.
Chrissie Ortiz, 30, was being processed at the 120 Precinct on charges she struck a woman who had criticized her husband, Ramsey Orta, 22, according to an NYPD spokesman. Charges were pending, the spokesman added.
Orta's video of a July 17 confrontation shows Garner, of Staten Island, arguing with officers who then tackle him. An officer is seen applying a chokehold that the New York City medical examiner ruled killed Garner.
Orta was arrested last Sunday on weapons possession charges after police said they spotted him emerging from a known drug location with a 17-year-old girl. Police said Orta then was observed placing a handgun in the waistband of the woman's pants.
After her husband was arrested, Ortiz said that he had been constantly followed by police, who she said were looking for an excuse to arrest him.