Two Georgia police officers fired after violent traffic stop

by Abel Hampton April 15, 2017, 5:28
Two Georgia police officers fired after violent traffic stop

Two policemen in Georgia have been fired by the Gwinnett County Police Department (GCPD) after a video was published showing them assault a detained motorist. Gwinnett County police said in an emailed statement Thursday, April 13, 2017, that Bongiovanni was sacked after a new video surfaced showing him hitting a man in the face.

In the video, a police officer can be seen pulling the man from his auto to the ground.

Bongiovanni punched Demetrius Bryan Hollins in the face as Hollins stood with his hands up after getting out of his vehicle, police said.

Robert McDonald is a Gwinnett County Police Officer in Georgia.

Ayers said the department has launched a criminal investigation, of which the results will be sent to the county District Attorney, but said he believed no external investigation was necessary.

"This incident - this type of force and this action - was uncalled for", the police chief said. There is no excuse for it. "My hope is that trainers would remind officers, 'We've told you how to use force appropriately and if you use force inappropriately, you're liable to be hung out to dry'".

Ayers admitted his disappointment at the actions of his officers, despite investing in extensive training to ensure proper police behaviour.

Ayers said McDonald apologized for what occurred and for embarrassing the department.

The report said Hollins, who had a bloody lip and nose, kept yelling "I was only going to visit my mom!" Both men are now under criminal investigation. When Hollins tried to get up, Bongiovanni used the stun gun again on him again and was then able to handcuff him, the report says.

"He will not be operating in a law-enforcement capacity while this case is being investigated", said Cpl. "Butch" Ayers said the video disturbed him.

The first video released on Wednesday went viral on social media.

A Gwinnett County police officer sparked outrage in Atlanta communities after a bystander recorded him kicking a handcuffed man in the head while he was lying on the ground.

From the looks of it, it is something the two Gwinnett County police officers have been doing on a regular basis.

Shortly after the man is subdued by the officer and is handcuffed, a second officer arrives on the scene and kicks the driver in the head. When he ordered Hollins out of the auto, a struggle ensued.

Jones' video ends as Hollins is placed on the trunk of his vehicle. A spokeswoman also said neither officer involved in the traffic stop was wearing a body camera.


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