Man who filmed Eric Garner chokehold sues New York City for retaliation

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NEW YORK — The New York City man who captured the fatal police chokehold of Eric Garner is suing the city for $10 million over a drug arrest that he says was police retaliation.

The in-custody death of Eric Garner, seen here moments before he died from injuries inflicted during a chokehold on July 17, 2014 (YouTube)

The in-custody death of Eric Garner, seen here moments before he died from injuries inflicted during a chokehold on July 17, 2014 (YouTube)

Ramsey Orta was arrested last June after authorities say he sold an undercover officer $40 worth of the party drug known as Molly. The charges were later dropped.

Lawyer Andrew Plasse told the Daily News that Orta feels he was “unjustly singled out for arrest.” The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Manhattan Supreme Court, claims it was an effort by the NYPD to “discredit” Orta’s video.

Orta’s video footage showed Garner, an unarmed black man, saying “I can’t breathe” as a white police officer held him a chokehold. The incident happened in July 2014 in Staten Island. The police officer was not indicted, and New York City paid Eric Garner’s family in an out-of-court settlement.

The city’s Law Department says it will review the complaint.