New York Daily News

August 2, 2014


 

Rev. Al Sharpton rips police union president for criticizing man who taped cops arresting Eric Garner


Police union president Patrick Lynch said the man who taped the fatal arrest of Eric Garner was 'demonizing the good work of police officers.' Ramsey Orta, the man who made the video, has a long criminal history. But he was a bystander when cops arrested Garner. 'I do think that this will be the sickest logic that I ever heard,' Sharpton said of Lynch.

BY EDGAR SANDOVAL , REUVEN BLAU
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Rev. Al Sharpton slammed Patrick Lynch, head of the police union, for saying the man who taped the fatal Eric Garner arrest was “demonizing the good work of police officers.”

“I do think that this will be the sickest logic that I ever heard,” Sharpton said Sunday evening.

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Patrick Lynch, police union president, said the man who taped the Eric Garner arrest was 'demonizing the good work of police officers.'

Earlier Sunday, Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, criticized Ramsey Orta, 22, who was busted by cops after he allegedly tried to hand off a stolen gun as he exited a Staten Island hotel late Saturday night, authorities said.

    
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Officer Daniel Pantaleo  

“It is criminals like Mr. Orta who carry illegal firearms who stand to benefit the most by demonizing the good work of police officers,” the union president said in a statement.

Orta has a long criminal history: He’s been arrested 24 times since 2009, records show. That includes multiple collars for fare evasion, pot possession and one for robbery in May.

But Orta was a bystander July 17 when he used his cell phone to tape cops as they tried to arrest Garner, 43, a father of six, as he stood on Victory Blvd. and Bay St. on Staten Island. Police said the 350-pound man was selling untaxed cigarettes and resisted arrest.

The shocking video — first released exclusively on nydailynews.com — shows Officer Daniel Pantaleo putting Garner in a chokehold, a tactic banned by the NYPD in 1993. The city’s medical examiner ruled the death a homicide Friday.

“If you are a policeman, you are trained to deal with crime. You are not trained to commit a crime,” said Sharpton.

Lynch said Pantaleo is “distraught” over the death.

“No one wants to have to deal with the fact that someone died because of something they had to do. It’s a terrible loss,” Lynch added.

With Chelsia Marcius

rblau@nydailynews.com