Two Hamilton County commissioners call for detective involved in viral beating to be fired

Kevin Muhammad speaks next to attorney S. Lee Merritt and his client Charles Toney Jr., to left, during a news conference at the Hamilton County-Chattanooga Courts Building on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, in Chattanooga, Tenn. In the news conference, Merritt called for the firing of Hamilton County sheriff's deputies who were filmed punching and kicking Toney and for the district attorney's office to drop criminal charges against him.

Two Hamilton County commissioners on Wednesday joined the chorus of voices calling for the firing of a white county deputy seen on videotape beating and kicking a handcuffed black man.

Commissioner Warren Mackey hosted a group of local residents who delivered a powerful message of protest to commissioners after their voting session.

The group included two NAACP leaders and Minister Kevin Muhammad of the Nation of Islam. They filled half the seats in the commission room and watched as Mackey had the video played on the big screen above the commission dais.

A bystander filmed part of the the Dec.