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Man filmed US black man’s death by police fears death in prison

Ramsey Orta was arrested for filming the brutal police killing of Eric Garner in July 2014.

An American man, who was arrested for filming the brutal police killing of a black man in July 2014, is refusing to eat for fear that police would poison him.

Ramsey Orta, 22, was shortly arrested after filming the incident by police who charged him with the non-violent crime of carrying an unregistered firearm.

He was imprisoned at the notorious Rikers prison in New York and has expressed concern for his safety as he was confident that the police were retaliating against him for exposing their brutal actions.

Dozens of other inmates at the detention center have reported traces of rat poison in their food. Prison officials have admitted the existence of some bluish green pellets which were actually rat poison.

However, the inmates have not received any medical attention and prison authorities have not provided any explanation as to why and how rat poison was added to the food.

In addition to Orta, Taisha Allen also filmed the death of Eric Garner. She has also spoken out against the New York Police Department, saying that what she did has made her a target of police.

Garner, a 43-year-old African-American, died after being placed in the chokehold by Daniel Pantaleo on Staten Island on July 17.

According to the medical examiner's office, the cause of the death was "compression of neck (chokehold), compression of chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police.”

A grand jury in New York City decided not to indict Pantaleo that provoked massive protests in the city and across the country.



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