A DEPUTY Sheriff in Georgia has been fired after a video of him pinning a black car passenger went viral.
Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill said he has fired his deputy over use of excessive force, after Roderick Walker was pinned to the ground and left with a black, swollen eye.
Law enforcement officials were filmed pinning Walker to the ground as screams from Walker’s girlfriend and son can be heard in the background.
Walker is currently in jail on two counts of battery and two counts of obstruction.
“How does he end up in jail when he was the one that was attacked?” Walker’s lawyer Shean Williams said to WSBTV. “The people that should be in jail are the officers that brutally attacked Mr. Walker.”
Walker’s lawyers said Walker and his family had just returned a rental car and were being driven back home, although whether Walker was in a rideshare car, or was with a friend, is still unclear.
A unmarked Clayton County patrol car pulled over the driver for a broken tail light.
Williams said the sheriffs asked for Walker’s license, even though he was the passenger. When Walker questioned why he should have to show his ID, “they became upset”, according to Williams.
“They became upset when he asked, ‘Why are you asking for my ID? I’m not driving and I haven’t done anything wrong,’” Williams said.
Video of the incident shows Walker telling the two deputies lying on top of him “I can’t breathe”.
A woman in the background screams “he’s bleeding, he says he can’t breathe”, and one deputy can be heard shouting “he’s biting my hand”.
The officials continue to hold Walker on the ground, and one can be seen punching him several times.
A third official tries to restrain the woman, who later is identified as Walker’s girlfriend.
Sheriff Hill says a bond was ordered for Walker but he said because he has a felony probation warrant out of Fulton County for cruelty to children, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and a failure to appear warrant out of Hapeville, resulted in Magistrate Court denying him a bond.
“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,” a statement from Clayton County Sheriff’s Office read.
Hill said Walker received medical treatment and is being monitored by a doctor at the jail hospital.
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