Two sheriff’s deputies in Georgia have been fired after being caught on video repeatedly striking a man.
The footage, which first surfaced on Instagram, shows two deputies of the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office restraining the man and striking him. One deputy audibly shouts “he bit my hand.”
The man, Roderick Walker, was in a rideshare vehicle with his girlfriend and his child when officers pulled the car over for a tail-light violation, according to Walker’s attorney Shean Williams. According to reports, a child could be heard shouting “daddy!” in the background as the officer restrained Walker.
Williams told CNN that the two deputies demanded Walker’s ID, becoming upset when he asked why. Williams said that after Walker said he had not done anything wrong, the deputies told him to step out of the car, leading to the incident capture in the video.
“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,” the department said in a statement. “The criminal investigation of this matter will be turned over to the Clayton County District Attorney’s Office.”
SHERIFF VICTOR HILL Acts On Internal Investigation Concerning Excessive Force On Social Media Video. https://t.co/bFy4gYVAbB
— SheriffVictorHill (@SheriffVHill) September 13, 2020
The sheriff’s office said Walker has been denied bond due to a felony probation warrant in Clayton County.
The name of the fired deputy has not been released, but the Georgia Bureau of Investigation told CNN it has yet to receive any requests to investigate.
The Georgia NAACP called for all charges against Walker to be dropped, for both officers to be fired and for Hill to resign.
“It’s time for the law to work for brown and Black citizens the way it works for White citizens,” Gerald Griggs, an attorney for the Georgia NAACP, said in a news conference with Williams, according to CNN.