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Wife of man who videotaped NY chokehold arrested

August 6, 2014
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police say the wife of the man who videotaped an officer placing a man in an apparent chokehold has been arrested on an assault charge.

Police say 30-year-old Chrissie Ortiz was free Wednesday after a dispute with another woman who sustained bruising and swelling.

Ortiz was arrested on a Staten Island street Tuesday and issued a desk appearance ticket pending a yet to be determined court date.

Ortiz's husband, Ramsey Orta, recorded police arresting Eric Garner on July 17 because he was allegedly selling loose cigarettes on a Staten Island street.

The city medical examiner's office ruled Garner's death a homicide caused by a chokehold that is banned under police policy.

Orta was arrested Saturday on gun charges.

Police did not know whether Ortiz has an attorney.



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