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UPDATE: Clayton deputy placed on leave following viral video of arrest

By Shaddi Abusaid, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution #atlanta-ga

A Clayton County deputy was placed on administrative leave after a viral video surfaced that appears to show him repeatedly punching a man during an arrest.

Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill said he was made aware of the video Friday evening, and immediately launched an internal investigation into the deputy’s use of force.

A Clayton County deputy was placed on administrative leave after a viral video surfaced that appears to show him repeatedly punching a man during an arrest.

Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill said he was made aware of the video Friday evening, and immediately launched an internal investigation into the deputy’s use of force.

One of the deputies is seen repeatedly striking Walker on the ground while the other attempts to place him in handcuffs. It appears the two deputies are white and Walker is Black. The incident comes after months of protests across the nation calling for an end to police violence and racial injustice.

Video of the incident was originally shared on Facebook by a woman who said the man being punched is her cousin, Channel 2 Action News reported.

Attorney Shean Williams said Walker and his girlfriend were passengers in a ride-share that was stopped for not having a taillight. During the stop, deputies asked to see Walker’s driver’s license even though he was not the one behind the wheel, Williams said.

Both Uber and Lyft have denied that the traffic stop involved one of their drivers.

Videos of the encounter have been viewed thousands of times online, but neither one captures what happens immediately after the SUV is pulled over. During the arrest, witnesses can be heard telling the deputies to get off Walker, who says he can’t breathe. There were at least two children inside the stopped SUV and they can be heard crying in the video.

Walker appears to be bleeding from his face by the time backup arrives and leads him away in handcuffs. The deputy seen throwing punches in the video can be heard telling witnesses the man bit his hand.

On Saturday evening, Walker’s attorney and family held a news conference outside the Clayton County Jail, where the 26-year-old remains held on two counts of battery and two counts of obstructing or hindering law enforcement officers, jail records show.

The family called for Walker’s immediate release, as well as a thorough investigation into the incident by an outside agency.

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