Georgia Sheriff’s Office Probes Use of Force on Black Man

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Clayton County, Ga., Sheriff Victor Hill’s internal affairs unit is investigating an incident caught on video in which a deputy used physical force on a Black man, and said the deputy had been placed on administrative leave, the Wall Street Journal reports. The video showed two white officers lying on top of the man in a street as they tried to handcuff him. One officer appeared to beat the man, whose face was bleeding. It isn’t clear what preceded the incident. A woman can be heard screaming “get off of him,” “he said he can’t breathe” and “don’t kill him.”

The incident appeared to involve a user of Lyft, the rideshare company, which said in a statement on social media that the incident depicted in the video was “deeply disturbing.” “We’ve launched an investigation in an effort to identify and lend support to the rider and driver involved,” it said. Lyft spokeswoman Dana Davis said, “We stand against racism and unnecessary use of force unequivocally, and are in contact with the Georgia NAACP.”

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