A Black man who was simply trying to ride in a Lyft was violently beaten and almost lost his life on Friday after a police officer held a knee to his kneck, slammed his face to the ground, and punched him — all caught on camera.
The man has since been identified as Roderick Walker and the offending officer has since been fired.
The man, his cousin and a third person were passengers in a Lyft that was pulled over in Clayton County, Georgia … they say it was pulled over because a tail light was out. They say Sheriff’s deputies asked for his license but he didn’t have one. That’s when they say a deputy asked to see the passengers’ licenses. They asked the officers why they had to show ID since they had done nothing wrong.
There was clearly a confrontation, because the video starts with the man on the ground with 2 deputies on top of him. At one point, you see a deputy punch the man repeatedly in the face, drawing blood.
You hear a woman — apparently the man’s cousin — screaming at the cops to stop punching, and the deputy responds, “He’s biting my hand.”
As the deputy continues to press the man’s head on the pavement he screams, “I’m gonna die!” and “I can’t breathe.” The young child watches as the man on the ground appears to have been rendered unconscious.
The Clayton County Sheriff’s Office has since announced that the deputy who was seen on camera pounding on the man has been terminated, effective immediately.
“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 statement reads.
A WSB-TV reporter also posted a photo of Walker’s injuries from what appears to be from inside of a jail, where he’s behind plexiglass in a jail uniform … with a swollen eye.
Per Clayton 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.”@wsbtv pic.twitter.com/v9aDNfqCqg
— Audrey Washington (@AudreyWSBTV) September 13, 2020
Roderick is lucky to be alive. We hope he sues the department for all he can.