A black man beaten by Georgia sheriff’s duties during a traffic stop says he ‘feared for his life’



Roderick Walker told reporters during a news conference on Friday, “I just want to know that I was scared and I was scared for my life … and I just pray and hope that it Don’t be for anyone else. ” .

A social media video of the encounter showed him holding Duty on the ground and stabbing him in the face.

Clayton County is a suburban area south of downtown Atlanta.

An officer has been fired for excessive use of force, and a criminal investigation into the incident was diverted to the Clayton County District Attorney’s Office, the sheriff’s office said.

One of the attorneys representing Walker, Jane Lumberty, said that since her encounter with law enforcement, Walker has experienced many medical issues, including cognitive problems, headaches and blurred vision, “all traffic stops that ever occur Should not happen “.

She said Walker had mild mental trauma, a back injury, a fracture in the area around both eyes and a “knee injury that required complete physical therapy.”

Roderick Walker

In a statement last Sunday, Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill said Walker received medical treatment involving an X-ray of his head (no fractures were found) and was monitored by a doctor at a prison hospital Has been

Walker and his lawyers held a news conference on Friday, a day after being released on bond from the Walton County Jail. He was transferred on unrelated charges after being released from the Clayton County Jail earlier this week.

Jail records show Walker was charged with two counts of battery and two counts of obstructing or obstructing law enforcement officers.

Attorney Sean Williams said they are calling for the firing of all officers who were involved in the incident.

Williams said, “You have an oath and a duty as an officer to protect and serve, you cannot tolerate it, even if you are not beating a citizen,” to allow that to happen for.

Depot asked for her ID before trial, lawyer said

Walker, his girlfriend and one of their children returned a rental car on September 11 when they approached a ride-share vehicle and negotiated a ride home, Williams told CNN.

According to Williams, the car was described as a taillight violation.

Williams said deputies demanded that Walker show his ID, but he did not have it. The attorney said that when they inquired about the need for ID, they got upset. Walker reported that they did nothing wrong before duty, saying they got out of the car, according to Williams, leading officers to use force.

In the video of the incident, a deputy can be heard shouting, “He shook my hand a little!” A different video taken from another angle shows the children in a car crying and someone can be heard shouting, “Daddy!”

“He wasn’t attacking them or biting them, he was trying to survive,” Williams said on Friday.

CNN’s Laurie Ure contributed to this report.

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