Roderick Antoine Walker is the African-American man being pinned on the ground by two white deputies in a viral video taken on September 11, 2020 in front of a Georgia Department of Public Health building near the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. The deputies are from Clayton County Sheriff’s Office in Clayton County, Georgia.
After returning a rental car that day, Walker and his girlfriend Janita Davis took a ride-share vehicle to go back home for $10 along with his stepson and their child, born in 2015 and in May 2020, respectively. Before reaching home, the vehicle was pulled over by the deputies in an unmarked car for having a broken taillight.
The driver of the vehicle was also African-American. He was off-duty at the time.
The deputies asked to see Walker’s ID but he did not have it with him. They became upset when he asked why they needed the ID considering that he was not the driver, which led to an altercation.
Minutes later, the deputies ordered Walker out of the vehicle. One of the the deputies who pinned him to the concrete punched him in the head at least nine times and yelled, “He bit me!”
“I’m going to die,” Walker cried out. “I can’t breathe!”
Walker’s stepson also stepped out of the vehicle but Davis asked him to go back inside. Witnessing the brutal attack from the back seat of the car, the child screamed, “Daddy!”
“Don’t kill him,” Davis asked the deputies. A third colleague, who joined to help handcuff Walker, asked her “to get in the car” before she ends up “in handcuffs.”
Walker’s face was bleeding while he was handcuffed and being led away by the deputies. Here are 13 more things about him:
- He was born in 1994.
- He is 6’2″ and weighs 180lbs.
- A resident of Atlanta, he previously lived in Stone Mountain, Georgia.
- He has four children.
- A 7-year-old relative was shot in the leg because of his reckless behavior in Atlanta on November 20, 2016.
- In August 2018, he was sentenced to a 20-year probation with the first six months to be served in a probation detention center.
- He has a warrant out of Fulton County in Atlanta for cruelty to children and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
- He has a warrant out of Hapeville, Georgia for failure to appear at a court hearing. In September 2019, he violated the terms of his probation by failing to tell his probation officer he had moved.
- No fractures were detected when he received medical treatment, which included X-rays, after his encounter with two Clayton County Sheriff’s Office deputies on September 11, 2020.
- Charged with two counts of battery and two counts of obstructing or hindering law enforcement officers, he was held in the Clayton County Jail in Jonesboro, Georgia. He and his family were represented by Sean Williams of the Cochran Law Firm in Atlanta.
- “I just want my son home because he was beaten real bad. He did nothing wrong,” ABC News quoted his mother Tywauna C. Walker as saying during a news conference in front of the Clayton County Jail on September 12, 2020. On the same day, he met with another lawyer named Torris Butterfield, who is working to secure a bond for release.
- On September 14, 2020, he was booked into the Fulton County Jail.
- Among his family and relatives are Tyshia L. Hayes and Quintin Walker.
(This is a developing story. More details will be added soon.)