GEORGIA — A Clayton County deputy is on administrative leave without pay after videos surfaced online showing him punching a Lyft passenger during a traffic stop — leaving him bloodied and unconscious.
The man, his cousin and a third person were passengers in a Lyft when they say was pulled over because a tail light was out.
They say Sheriff’s deputies asked for the driver’s license but he didn’t have one. That’s when a deputy apparently asked to see the passengers’ licenses.
Video takes off with the man pinned to the ground with one deputy on top and another deputy punching the man.
A deputy can be heard during the struggle saying, “he bit my hand”.
The man can be heard saying, “I’m about to die”.
A woman, who appeared to be with the man, is seen yelling at the police as she records the incident.
In addition, there are several children inside of the Jeep Cherokee watching the incident.
At some point in the video, the man appears to lose consciousness as deputies roll him over and handcuff him.
After being made aware of the videos posted on social media, Sheriff Victor Hill ordered his entire Internal Affairs Unit to come in and begin an investigation that has been on going since 8pm.
The Sheriff has ordered that the deputy involved be placed on administrative leave without pay pending the outcome of the investigation.