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Wife of Man Who Shot NYPD Chokehold Video Arrested for Assault in Staten Island

NYPD Police car in 2013.
Edi Bähler—Getty Images NYPD Police car in 2013.

Orta, who was arrested for criminal gun possession last week, videotaped the choking death of Eric Garner by New York City police

The wife of the man who videotaped the NYPD chokehold that killed Eric Garner was arrested for assault on Wednesday.

According to the Staten Island Advance, Chrissie Ortiz, married to 22-year-old Ramsey Orta, was arrested for allegedly assaulting a woman in Staten Island. The two women had reportedly been arguing. Police say Ortiz, 30, has since been released and charged with misdemeanor assault.

Wednesday’s arrest was the most recent legal ordeal for the couple. On Saturday, Orta was arrested for alleged criminal possession of a firearm. Orta, who has 26 previous arrests according to the Advance reporting, has publically suggested his arrest was an act of retaliation by the New York City Police Department in the wake of the New York medical examiner’s ruling that the choking death of Eric Garner was a homicide.

[Staten Island Advance]

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