Roderick Walker, a Black man whose alleged assault and subsequent arrest by a Georgia deputy was captured on video, has been released from jail and is seeking medical treatment for his injuries, his attorneys said.
More “I lost consciousness. I couldn’t breathe,” Walker said at a Friday news conference.
“I was scared and I feared for my life,” Walker said. “I just pray and just hope that it don’t happen to nobody else.”
Walker’s left eye was filled with blood as he spoke Friday, one week after the incident.
Walker’s arrest was on Sept. 11 when he was a passenger in a car that was pulled over for allegedly having a broken tail light, his lawyers said. Walker was ordered out of the car, and when he questioned why the two white Clayton County Sheriff’s deputies asked for his ID, he was arrested, Walker’s lawyers said.
Witness video captured one of the deputies beating Walker in the face and body. Walker told the deputy, “I can’t breathe,” and Walker’s 5-year-old son, who was in the car, was heard yelling, “Daddy!”
That deputy was fired for excessive use of force. A criminal investigation of the incident was turned over to the Clayton County District Attorney’s Office.
Walker’s attorney, Shean Williams, said Friday, “They used an illegal, in my view, chokehold on him that almost killed him — similar to what we saw in the George Floyd situation.”
“He was literally fighting for his life,” Williams said.