The video of the incident appeared on Instagram and showed two MPs holding the man on the ground and slapping him in the face. In the video a deputy can be heard screaming: “He bit my hand!” A separate video from a different angle shows children in a nearby car crying and they can be heard screaming, “Daddy!”
CNN reached out to the sheriff’s office for more details, but received no response. Clayton County is a suburb of county south of the city of Atlanta.
Some of the social media posts claim the incident involved a passenger in a Lyft rideshare vehicle.
Lyft sent a statement to CNN confirming the incident: “The incident depicted in this video is deeply worrying. We have opened an investigation to identify and assist the driver and driver concerned.”
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation told CNN that they have not received a request to investigate the incident.
The name of the alternate was not published. The man arrested by MPs was identified as Roderick Walker by his lawyers. Torris Butterfield, a lawyer charged with representing Walker, said he met with his client for two hours on Saturday and was actively trying to put bail on so Walker could be released. He said he would try to bring this case to an amicable resolution of the criminal charges.
The prison records indicate that Walker was charged with two battery counts and two counts obstructing or hampering law enforcement officers. No bail is listed on the prison records, and Butterfield said the prison did not receive any records when bail was issued.
At a press conference outside Clayton County Jail on Saturday night, Attorney Shean Williams said that Walker, his girlfriend and one of his children had returned a rental car and were being driven home by a rideshare vehicle. The car was run over due to an injury known as a taillight injury, according to Williams.
Williams said the MPs asked Walker to show his ID, but he didn’t have it, and MPs were upset when he asked why they needed it. According to Williams, Walker told MPs he didn’t do anything wrong before they told him to get out of the car.
The Georgia NAACP emailed CNN to call for “Sheriff Victor Hill’s resignation, the resignation of the two officers involved, and all charges brought by Clayton County District Attorney Tasha Mosley.”
“It is time for the law to work for brown and black citizens the way it works for white citizens,” said Gerald Griggs, attorney for NAACP Georgia, during the news conference.
CNN’s Kay Jones contributed to this report.