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Sheriff: Deputy on video punching Black man in Georgia fired

Sheriff: Deputy on video punching Black man in Georgia fired

Created: September 13, 2020 12:56 PM

JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) - A sheriff’s office in Georgia says it has fired a deputy seen on video repeatedly punching a Black man during a traffic stop.

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The Clayton County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday the deputy was fired for using excessive force. It did not identify the deputy.

It said a criminal investigation has been turned over the district attorney’s office.

According to his attorney, twenty-six-year-old Roderick Walker was arrested and beaten after Clayton County sheriff’s deputies pulled over the vehicle he was riding in Friday with his girlfriend, their five-month-old child and his stepson for an alleged broken taillight and asked for his identification.

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