The Clayton County Sheriff’s Office fired a deputy on Sunday after he was seen on video choking a Black man unconscious during a traffic stop, according to The New York Times.
On Friday, 26-year-old Roderick Walker, his girlfriend and one of his children were passengers in a car that was taking them home after they returned a rental car. The vehicle was stopped for a busted tail light, Walker's lawyer Shean Williams said during a press conference on Saturday according to local news outlet CBS46.
During the stop, police asked for Walker's ID but he refused, saying he was only a passenger in the vehicle and that there was no reason for officers to check his ID.
On Twitter, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Sherrilyn Ifill wrote the Georgia Bureau of Investigation "must immediately take over the investigation of the terrible beating of a Lyft passenger in front of his child by officers of the Clayton County Sheriff’s office."
Lyft has said the attack did not happen during a Lyft ride.
Williams said the officers “became upset when he inquired — like every American citizen has the right to inquire — ‘Why are you asking me for my ID? I’m not driving, and I have not done anything wrong.’”
“The next thing you know — and you’ve seen on the video — he’s attacked, beaten in his face, throughout his body. He is choked, he is unable to breathe,” Williams said.