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A Georgia deputy who beat a Black man unconscious for refusing to show his driver's license has been fired.

Sean Williams, an attorney for Roderick Walker, a 26-year-old Black male who was repeatedly punched by a Clayton County deputy during a traffic stop, is demanding that criminal charges be filed against the terminated officer.

"They almost killed him," Williams told USA Today. "They committed an aggravated assault on this man and luckily I'm not talking to you about Mr. Walker's death."

According to MSN.com, the incident occurred Friday in Clayton County, Georgia, just south of Atlanta. Video of the assault went viral after it was uploaded to social media by Walker's girlfriend, Juanita Davis.

Williams said Walker, Davis, their 5-month-old son, and Davis' 5-year-old son from a previous relationship, had dropped off a rental car and paid a man $10 to drive them home. Police stopped the vehicle for a broken tail light.

Williams said the deputies asked Walker, who was in the passenger seat, for his ID and Walker stated he did not have one. A struggle ensued when the deputies ordered Walker out of the car for back-talking them.

Davis is heard hysterically screaming "Get off of him" and "Don't kill him. He said he can't breathe, officer."

Her son is heard yelling, "Daddy!" in the background of the video.

The sheriff's office fired one of the deputies, but Williams wants the second officer to be fired also and both should face criminal charges.

The sheriff's office said it turned over the criminal investigation to Clayton County District Attorney Tasha Mosley.

Mosley, who is Black, said in a statement that she had requested materials related to the investigation and would consider charges upon receiving them.

"If the final outcome of the investigation leads us to bring charges we are unsure at this time when it will come before a Grand Jury," Mosley said.

Walker has been transferred to the Fulton County Jail to face outstanding warrants on probation violations in Fulton County.

Williams said Walker was "illegally arrested" and police are using the outstanding warrants to "deflect from their horrendous acts."

"Roderick Walker is in jail solely because he was illegally arrested after being assaulted by Clayton County Sheriff deputies, not because of anything he did during that incident or in the past," Williams said. "Mr. Walker would not be in jail if it were not for this unlawful arrest that violated his legal and constitutional rights."
 

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The New York City Police Department has arrested more Black people for violating social distancing laws than whites for the same violations.

A review of court records showed that 88 percent of social distancing summonses went to Black people or Hispanics.

The shocking disparity is evident in cellphone video clips of NYPD officers using excessive force to take down Black people who cops claim are not social distancing.

The NYPD insisted the arrests are made "evenly and fairly" across the board.

But internet videos show Caucasian people and others sunbathing on packed beaches not far from where police officers patrol the beach. No arrests are made.

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzales said his office is reviewing the videos of violent street takedowns by his officers to determine if disciplinary measures are necessary.

"We're not targeting any particular neighborhood," said Assistant Chief Jeffrey Maddrey, commanding officer of Patrol Borough Brooklyn North.

He conceded in a phone call with reporters that "none of these videos look great."

Thousands of Americans are defying draconian stay-at-home orders and protesting forced home detainment by local governments amid the flu-like coronavirus pandemic.

Update: The NYPD will stop enforcing social distancing rules after numerous videos of police arrests of Black people went viral.

District attorneys in the New York City boroughs of Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens will stop making arrests and prosecuting violators.

Police have arrested at least 120 people and issued nearly 400 summonses for social distancing violations between March 16 and May 5.