A video of the incident surfaced on Instagram, showing two people holding onto the ground and striking their faces. In the video, a deputy can be heard shouting, “He cut my hand!” A different video taken from another angle shows the children in a car crying and someone can be heard shouting, “Daddy!”
CNN reached out to the Sheriff’s Office for more details, but did not hear back. Clayton County is a suburban county located south of downtown Atlanta.
Some posts on social media claim that a passenger in a Lyft ride-share vehicle was involved in the incident.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation told CNN that they had not received a request to investigate the incident.
The deputy’s name has not been released. The man arrested by the Duties was identified by his lawyers as Roderick Walker. Toris Butterfield, a lawyer hired to represent Walker, said he met his client for two hours on Saturday and is actively trying to get a bond set so that Walker can be released. He said that he was going to try to implement the case on criminal charges.
Jail records show Walker has been charged with two counts of battery and two counts of obstructing or obstructing law enforcement officers. No bond is listed on jail records and Butterfield said that if the bond was set, the jail has not received any paperwork.
Speaking at a news conference Saturday night outside the Clayton County Jail, attorney Sean Williams said that Walker, his girlfriend and one of his children had returned a rental car and were being driven home by a ride-share vehicle. According to William, the car was pulled over for what was described as a tail light violation.
Williams said deputies demanded that Walker show his ID, but he did not have it, and deputies became upset when they asked why they needed it. According to Walker, Walker did nothing wrong before exiting the car.
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 will be dropped by Clayton County District Attorney, Tasha Mosley.”
During the news conference, NAACP Georgia lawyer Gerald Griggs said, “This is a way for the law to work for brown and black citizens, which works for white citizens.”
CNN’s Kay Jones contributed to this report.