“The sheriff has ordered that the deputy involved be placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation”
Video of the incident appeared on Instagram, showing two deputies holding the man down and hitting him in the face. In the video, a deputy can be heard shouting: “He bit my hand!” A separate video taken from another angle shows children in a nearby car crying and one can be heard shouting, “Dad!”
CNN contacted the sheriff’s office for further details but received no response. Clayton County is a suburban county located just south of the city of Atlanta.
The man arrested by the deputies was identified by his lawyers as Roderick Walker. Prison records show Walker was charged with two battery counts and two law enforcement hurdle or obstruction counts. There are no bonds listed in the prison records.
Torris Butterfield, an attorney hired to represent Walker, said he met with his client for two hours on Saturday and is actively seeking bail so that Walker can be released. He said he will try to bring this case to an amicable resolution on the criminal charges.
The lawyer says the agents asked for Walker’s ID
Speaking at a press conference Saturday night outside Clayton County Jail, attorney Shean Williams said the incident occurred after Walker, his girlfriend and one of his sons returned a rental car.
They approached a shared vehicle and negotiated a ride home at an agreed rate with the driver, who was out of order at the time, Williams told CNN.
The car was then stopped for what was described as a rear light violation, according to Williams.
Williams said MPs asked Walker to show his ID, but he didn’t have it with him. MEPs got angry when asked why they needed the ID card, the lawyer said. Walker told lawmakers he didn’t do anything wrong before they told him to get out of the car, according to Williams. leading to the use of force by officers.
Some social media posts claim that the accident involved a passenger in a Lyft vehicle, but the transport company said it was incorrect.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation told CNN it had not received a request to investigate the incident. The name of the deputy was not released.
The Georgia NAACP told CNN in an email that they are “calling for the resignation of Sheriff Victor Hill, the termination of the two officers involved and all charges must be dropped by Clayton County District Attorney Tasha Mosley.”
“It is time for the law to work for brown and black citizens as it does for white citizens,” said Gerald Griggs, an attorney for NAACP Georgia, at the news conference.
CNN’s Kay Jones contributed to this report.