U.S. police officer fired after video shows him repeatedly punching black man

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After authorities told Walker to get out of the vehicle, Williams said, the deputies "attacked" him.

The incident occurred Friday evening in front of a Georgia Department of Public Health building near the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

The auto was then pulled over for what was described as a tail-light violation, according to Williams.

On Saturday, Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill suspended the officer who punched Walker and ordered an internal investigation. The name of the deputy has not been released. An attorney for Roderick Walker, 26, says the Friday incident started when Walker and his girlfriend returned a rental auto, then got a ride to their next destination; that vehicle was pulled over for a broken taillight, NBC News and the New York Times report.

The sheriff's office tweeted Saturday night that it was area of the video and has opened an investigation.

The deputy who was placed on leave on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, was sacked on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, the sheriff announced on Twitter.

"I just want my son home because he was beaten real bad". A protest rally was scheduled for Sunday afternoon at the Clayton County Jail.

She said that when she watched the video she felt "sad, emotional, hysterical". "Don't kill him! He said he can't breathe!" There was also warrant on Walker from Hapeville, Georgia, for failing to appear at a court hear on an undisclosed charge, officials said. "Walker's legal counsel will have to resolve these issues to secure his release".


Clayton County Sheriff's Office said the sheriff requested a signature bond, which would not have required Walker to pay a bail amount, two days ago. He is being monitored at the jail hospital by a doctor.

Photos of Walker after he was booked show he has a swollen and blackened left eye. Walker, who was charged with battery and obstructing officers, remains in custody, with the sheriff's office saying he can't be released due a felony probation warrant from another county. The lawyers wanted him out of jail, but Clayton County officials said he must stay locked up on a warrant out of Fulton County.

Williams said his client denies biting the deputy. Two deputies were seen piling on Walker, who was down on the street.

Walker, his girlfriend and the children had dropped off a rental auto and found a driver willing to take them home for $10, Williams said. The driver was then pulled over by police for driving with a broken tail light. When a deputy asked for his identification, he refused - "like every American citizen has the right to do", Williams said. It escalates to him being beaten on the ground, being tased, and nearly dying.

The subsequent arrest, captured on video by a bystander shows two deputies on top of Walker, one of whom repeatedly punches him. One of the officers is seen punching Walker in the face and body and yelling, "He bit me". At one point, Walker can be heard saying "I can't breathe..."

A sheriff's deputy, who was in an unmarked auto, pulled them over and asked for Walker's identification.

The man arrested by deputies was identified by his attorneys as Roderick Walker. Walker was trying to survive and lost consciousness at least twice during the beating, Williams said. "When you became unconscious that is a medical term for a brain injury".

"We have seen this happen [with] George Floyd, we've seen it happen on too many occasions and we are exhausted of it", Williams said.

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