The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Cops Terrorize Man Who Filmed Eric Garner’s Murder

Apr 13, 2015

Ramsey Orta, the man who filmed the cops killing Eric Garner in Staten Island, has been in jail since February. He was arrested for the second time since a grand jury chose not to indict Daniel Pantaleo, the cop who put Garner in the chokehold that killed him, after Garner spoke up against repeated harassment by the cops. The first bogus arrest came just two weeks after Orta released the video showing Garner being murdered by cops.

Orta’s mother, brother, and wife have all also been arrested during that time, on obviously trumped up drug and assault charges. The Staten Island cops have, in addition, been harassing the family by driving by their house daily, often in the middle of the night, shining bright spotlights into their home.

This is nothing but terrorism by the cops trying to send a message to anyone who might dare shine a light on their harassment, brutality, and false arrests of poor and working class people. Just like rats, murderous cops like these prefer to carry out their dirty work under cover of darkness.

The cops will do so until people make their lives difficult for them.