[WATCH] Ramsey Orta Beaten by Prison Guards in Retaliation For Filming Eric Garner Death

The man who filmed Eric Garner’s death says he’s been beaten by corrections officers in a prison near the Canadian border and tossed into solitary confinement in retaliation for the video.

A letter from Ramsey Orta dated Oct. 16 says he was roughed up by corrections officers at Franklin Correctional Facility that day and taken into isolation. He said a nurse was uninterested in taking a report of the abuse.

“I fear for my life in this facility and can’t take the ongoing abuse anymore, please help me!” Orta wrote in the letter shared with the Daily News by his lawyer.

A state Department of Corrections official declined to comment on Orta’s allegations, saying the Office of Special Investigations is looking into the incident at Franklin and a prior alleged incident at Fishkill Correctional Facility.

Orta, 26, pleaded guilty in Staten Island court to drugs and weapons charges last year, resulting in a four-year sentence. Authorities said they caught him selling crack, heroin, oxycodone and marijuana in the Staten Island park across from where Garner died. Orta was busted with a gun in a separate incident.

Orta has long said the arrests were retaliation for his video of Garner repeating “I can’t breathe” while locked in an NYPD chokehold on July 17, 2014.

Orta said in his letter from prison that five to seven corrections officers were involved in moving him to solitary. One of them “shoved my face into the wall very hard and started to pull my hair from behind and began to slap me on the right side of my face a few times,” he wrote.

During a pat-down, he said, the same corrections officer “grabbed and pulled” his genitals twice. Orta says he was then slapped again.

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