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(PIX11) — The video of the takedown and arrest of Eric Garner became the rallying cry of the movement protesting the deaths of people of color in police cases. Now, the man who recorded that video on his smartphone, Ramsey Orta, 23, is now in need of a rally of support himself, for more than one reason.

“Anybody else posts bail, they get out in hours,” said Orta’s aunt, Lisa Mercado, in an exclusive interview with PIX11 News. “And here we are having to wait days.”

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Mercado helped to raise Orta from childhood.  She’s now successfully raising money for his bail and his defense, but has hit a snag.

The day after Garner’s death was declared a homicide, Orta was arrested and jailed on an unrelated gun charge.  He was later charged with a drug crime.  He’s been at Riker’s Island since.

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