An unidentified Clayton County sheriff’s deputy has been fired after video showed him hitting a black man that officers had pinned during an arrest in Georgia, according to the sheriff’s department.
Roderick Walker, 26, was reportedly a passenger in a car that was pulled over for a broken tail light on Friday his attorney said, the New York Post reported. The deputy was fired after a bystander’s video circulated on social media, according to the county sheriff’s office.
“The Deputy who repeatedly struck Roderick Walker is being terminated from the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office by order of Sheriff Victor Hill for excessive use of force,” Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill said in a press release. “This is the administrative action. The criminal investigation of this matter will be turned over to the Clayton County District Attorney’s Office.”
Clayton GA deputies pulled over a Lyft driver, but then beat the Black PASSENGER. Officers pressed his face on the PAVEMENT & punched him repeatedly because he didn’t have his ID. Unbelievable… ANOTHER Black man saying “I can’t breathe” while being ASPHYXIATED by police!! pic.twitter.com/WGCs5wEqzx
— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) September 12, 2020
Walker’s girlfriend, stepson, and five-month-old