Who's Roderick Walker? Another Black man says 'I can't breathe' as cops pin him down to beat him in viral clip

After the horrendous incident, Roderick’s cousin, Zippora Dunlap, posted about it on her Facebook with the video


                            Who's Roderick Walker? Another Black man says 'I can't breathe' as cops pin him down to beat him in viral clip
Clayton County Sheriffs (Twitter)

In a shocking incident of police brutality, a Black man pleaded for his life as police put a knee to his neck and punched him in the face in Georgia on Saturday, September 12. The man, along with two others, was a passenger in a Lyft that was pulled over in Clayton County by cops because a tail light was out. TMZ reported that sheriff's deputies asked for the victim’s license but he didn't have one. Moreover, the passengers reportedly asked the officers why they had to show ID since they had done nothing wrong.

A user shared the viral video of the incident and tweeted, “Deputies in Clayton County, GA pulled over a Lyft driver for a broken taillight, but then beat the Black PASSENGER. Officers pressed his face on the pavement and punched him repeatedly because he didn't have his ID. Unbelievable... ANOTHER Black man saying “I can’t breathe”



 

 

TMZ reported that there was a confrontation as the video starts with the Black man on the ground with two deputies on top of him. At one point, one can see a cop punch the man repeatedly in the face, oozing blood. The video also shows a woman screaming at the cops to stop punching when the deputy said, "He's biting my hand." As the deputy continued to press the man's head on the pavement he screams in pain, "I'm gonna die!" and "I can't breathe."

The man appears to have been arrested as WSB-TV reported that the lawyers of the man in the viral video demanded that he be immediately released from jail. He has been identified as Roderick Walker and is currently in jail on two counts of battery and two counts of obstruction as per the site. The Clayton County Sheriff's Office told TMZ, "After being made aware of a video posted on social media involving a Deputy using physical force on a man, Sheriff Victor Hill ordered his entire Internal Affairs Unit to come in and begin an investigation that has been ongoing since 8 pm. The Sheriff has ordered that the Deputy involved be placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation."

Twitter enraged over brutality

No sooner than the video of the Black man being a victim of the excessive police force went viral, the Internet got infuriated. Some called the act as inherently biased and inexcusably violent. A user wrote, “Police officers in Clayton County, GA filmed assaulting a Black man in front of his child. Here’s today’s call to abolish the inherently biased, inexcusably violent, white supremacist institution known as the police.”



 

 

Others wrote how police purposefully stopped the Black man’s car. “That Black officer in Clayton County, GA that purposefully made that guy stop recording those cops abusing that Black man ... he's absolute trash, and the reason why we say some Black people will defend a system that's intentionally meant to bring their people down.” Another user lashed out at the police, “Clayton County police BEEN the worst.”



 

 



 

 

Some commented on how the police are carrying out an investigation. “Clayton County Police Department is aware of the current social media video. The deputies in this video are not employed by the Clayton County Police Department; they are employed by the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office is investigating.”



 

 

Who is Roderick Walker

Roderick is a father of four and was with one of his children and girlfriend at the time the incident happened as reported by WSB -TV. His lawyers said he and his family had just returned a rental car and hailed a Lyft to head back home when an unmarked Clayton County patrol car pulled over the driver as reported by the site. After the horrendous incident, Roderick’s cousin, Zippora Dunlap, posted about it on her Facebook with the video. She wrote, “So this happened today to my cousin the was in Lyft and the man's tail light was out when the police stopped them. The man didn’t have his license. My cousin and his girl were in the car when they ask him for his. He said I’m not driving. They told him to get out of the car and this what happened.”

The story is in development and will be further updated by MEA WorldWide.

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