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Community leaders call for action after homeowner claims police brutality

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Community leaders are standing behind a homeowner who claims police brutality. On Friday, those leaders delivered a letter to the Clayton County chief of police calling for action.

"(We are) asking the chief, respectfully, that he make time either Monday or Tuesday of next week to sit down with this group of community leaders," said Pastor Derrick Rice with the Sankofa United Methodist Church.

"People are more afraid of the Clayton County police than they are of the criminals in Clayton County," said Dhoruba Bin-Wahad, the alleged victim.

The incident happened on May 2. Bin-Wahad and his family were moving into their new home in Jonesboro. Someone called 911 and reported a possible burglary.

Bin-Wahad said he was upstairs when he saw officers approaching the house with their guns drawn.

He walked to the front door and identified himself. The video shows an officer grabbing one of Bin-Wahad's arms while another one checked him for weapons.

The officers told Bin-Wahad to sit down. While he was sitting on his porch, the inaudible video shows an officer grab Bin-Whad's arm, force him up and twist him to the ground face first.

The officer then cuffed Bin-Wahad.

"The reason why Reverend Rice and others have come forward is because they understand too that this is systemic. And they understand the implications of this for every citizen in Clayton County," said Bin-Wahad.

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