An open statement about Ramsey Orta, the man who filmed the murder of Eric Garner, by Kevin Moore, David Whitt, and Jacob Crawford.
The NYPD tried to break Ramsey Orta, using a wide range of tactics. One of the most disturbing ones was the clear use of snitches, rats, and provocateurs. Ramsey was set up on a weapons charge, plain and simple.
He was never in possession of a gun, and the person who was, was clearly working with the police to get a charge on Orta that would silence him for good.
But it didn’t .
When we pulled Ramsey into WeCopwatch a year ago we began to see first hand the type of treatment Ramsey had been experiencing. Covert and overt surveillance, as well as coordinated online attacks which were carried out to discredit Ramsey, separate him from his support network, and put his life in danger, specifically once he was behind bars.
Even our own group experienced infiltration attempts, increased surveillance, and failed attempts to destroy our organization for nothing more than standing up for this brother.
Ramsey was targeted because of his courage, but his prison sentence is not a sign of guilt.
He was arrested, his charges were stacked, and his charges were all folded into one case putting him in a situation where was he was facing decades of prison time.
Ramsey is going to need support. And it needs to be sustained support. They tried to kill him once inside by poisoning his food. We’re sure they will try again. You can donate to his PayPal [email protected] and get regular updates of how he is and what he needs at the Support Ramsey Orta Facebook page.
We will be putting his mailing address and ways to support him on his support page over the next month.
When you think of Ramsey, think of the repression he has experienced for his act of courage, but also think about how in the face of so much, he never gave in. Consider the strength of this young man, and show that same courage the next time you see a cop beating on someone. ”
(Article by Kevin Moore, David Whitt, and Jacob Crawford of WeCopWatch)