Police Fire Georgia Officer For Kicking Handcuffed Man

Lauren Perry
April 16, 2017

The incident was captured on cellphone video by a witness stuck behind the stopped auto and the police vehicle.

Ayers said Bongiovanni worked in the department for 19 years.

"The revelations uncovered in this entire investigation are shocking", the statement continued. Then, a second video surfaced - this one showing Bongiovanni striking the same man in the face as he was standing with hands raised to get out of his vehicle.

McDonald started working at Gwinnett PD in August 2013 and graduated from the police academy in March 2014.

Former Gwinnett County police officer Robert McDonald.

The department took swift action, firing the master police officer the very next day.

Porter says the case bothers him for several reasons. "We do not tolerate actions that are not consistent with our core values or state law", a police statement said. "I'm more afraid, less trusting, and concerned at any time this could happen again", said Hollins.

Moments later, McDonald runs over and stomps on the man's head. He also wrote that he remembered detaining the same man during another stop, where Hollins allegedly had a loaded gun. Ayers said there was no defense for that violence.

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No criminal charges have been announced yet, but Gwinnett PD said it's moving forward with a thorough investigation of the incident. After the incident, the police department also said they seized his issued firearm and sent him home.

FILE - In this undated Gwinnett County Police Department file photo, Sgt. Michael Bongiovanni poses for an official portrait. "The video was very crucial to the investigation and it confirmed that the force used was unnecessary and excessive".

The two officers are white and Hollins appears to be black, police Cpl. That officer immediately stomps on the man's face. He said Hollins yelled at him when asked who owned the vehicle, and refused to get out.

"The suspect in that video was lying down he was clearly handcuffed, he was clearly not resisting and he was not a threat to anyone".

The victims, ranging in age from 16 to 20, were discovered in a wooded area near a soccer field in Central Islip, Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini said. "Situations like this one only makes things worse". "We don't know what happened, we don't know what type of suspect this is, but this is going to have to be dealt with - we're going to demand some answers on this". "When I had my hands up, that's when he punched me in the face". That triggered Bongiovanni's memory of the August arrest, and he chose to call for backup, according to the report.

Hollins was pulled over for not having a license plate and making numerous illegal lane changes. At this point, he requested backup.

Bongiovanni wrote that Hollins wouldn't stop for him and only came to a complete stop once his Acura stalled out.

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