Clayton County Deputy On Leave After Arrest Videos Shows Excessive Force

September 12, 2020
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By Amanda Cooper

A Clayton County deputy is on administrative leave without pay after videos surfaced online, showing the Deputy make an arrest using excessive physical force on a man.

In a statement from the Sheriff's department, Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill states that he launched an internal investigation Friday at 8 pm after his office was made aware of the video. 

There were at least two recordings of the incident that surfaced on social media. There appears to be a struggle in one recording as two deputies attempted to arrest an unidentified man. The man seems to be pinned on the ground while one Deputy is on top of the man punching him. A deputy is heard saying, "he bit my hand," and the man can be heard saying, "I'm about to die."
Sheriff Hill's office did not indicate the deputies' names or what prompted the arrest.

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 Sheriff Victor Hill's office full statement provides more details:
 
"After being made aware of a video posted on social media involving a Deputy using physical force on a man, Sheriff Victor Hill ordered his entire Internal Affairs Unit to come in and begin an investigation that has been ongoing since 8 pm. The SheriffSheriff has ordered that the Deputy involved be placed on administrative leave without pay pending the outcome of the investigation."

The Clayton County Police Department issued a statement clarifying the incident involved a Clayton County Sheriff's Deputy with the Sheriff'sSheriff's department and not a Clayton County police officer: 
"The Clayton County Police Department is aware of the current social media video. The deputies in this video are not employed by the Clayton County Police Department; they are employed by the Clayton County Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff's Office is aware & they are investigating."