The news is out: [A Georgia sheriff’s deputy was fired Sunday after being seen on video repeatedly hitting Roderick Walker, a Black man who was a passenger in a vehicle pulled over Friday.
Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill issued a statement this afternoon saying the deputy in the now widely shared video was terminated on his orders for “excessive use of force.” A criminal investigation is now being turned over to the Clayton County District Attorney’s Office over the incident, in which the deputy could be seen punching Walker in the face and slamming his head to the ground multiple times while Walker’s girlfriend pleads for him to stop.
“The Deputy who repeatedly struck Roderick Walker is being terminated from the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office by order of Sheriff Victor Hill for excessive use of force. This is the administrative action. The criminal investigation of this matter will be turned over the Clayton County District Attorney’s Office,” reads the Sunday statement.]
Not the first, won’t be the last; but he is sitting on a pile of money. A passenger doesn’t have to identify.