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Ga cops move against police brutality as two officers are fired for assaulting an unarmed man

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Second Georgia police officer fired after new video shows him punching same man kicked by other cop, officer Robert McDonald
Earlier video had shown Hours after a Georgia police officer Robert McDonald was caught him kicking a handcuffed Demetrius Hollins  in the face, McDonald was subsequently fired
A few hours later a second Georgia police officer has just fired after new video shows him punching same man, Demetrius Hollins
Sgt. Michael Bongiovanni, pulling over 21-year-old college student Hollins just outside Atlanta early Wednesday evening
Video shows Sgt. Michael Bongiovanni of the Gwinnett County PD in Atlanta sucker punching Demetrius Hollins in the face as he raised his hands during a traffic stop 
Both cops, Sgt. Michael Bongiovanni and Master Police Officer Robert McDonald, the cops involved in the Hollins’ arrest are now under criminal investigation 
Demetrius Hollins on NBC.jpgPolice brutality victim, Demetrius Hollins, appeared on NBC’s Today Show and stated why he recorded his encounter with the two police officers who assaulted him during a traffic stop in Atlanta on Wednesday

 

Hours after a Georgia police officer was fired over a recording that caught him kicking a handcuffed man in the face, a second video emerged and prompted the dismissal of another officer.
The new clip sees a Gwinnett County police officer, identified as Sgt. Michael Bongiovanni, pulling over Demetrius Hollins just outside Atlanta early Wednesday evening.
Hollins can be seen exiting his vehicle with his hands raised when the 19-year police veteran, who also appears to have his weapon aimed, winds up and punches him in the head.
Hollins’ hands remained in the air throughout the confrontation.

Sgt. Michael Bongiovanni.pngVideo shows Sgt. Michael Bongiovanni of the Gwinnett County Police Department in Atlanta punching suspect Demetrius Hollins in the face as he raised his hands during a traffic stop

He was pulled over because his red Acura Integra didn’t have a license plate and one of his brake lights was broken. According to an incident report filed by Bongiovanni, Hollins switched lanes three times without signaling. The officer said he phoned for backup because the suspect began to “act strange,” allegedly stirring up memories of Hollins’ behavior during a previous arrest in August, according to the report.
However, the 21-year-old Georgia college student told NBC’s “Today” show that he differently his previous “encounter” with one of the officers educated him on how ro deal with the situation.

Demetrius Hollins3.pngAfter he is bonded out, a bloodied Demetrius Hollins addresses the media before heading to hospital

Appearing on Friday morning, Demetrius Hollins told the Today show host that the prior encounter spurred him to try to record Wednesday’s traffic stop with Gwinnett County cops near Atlanta.
“He start(ed) shoving me in my car and telling me that I was never going to have a video, that I was never going to make the phone call to my mom,” Hollins told NBC News.
“When I had my hands up, that’s when he punched me in the face.”
“If there were no cameras, they would have gotten away with it,” his attorney Justin Miller told NBC News.
Miller added that “they would have painted him [Hollins], as the bad guy, arrested him, brushed it under the rug and probably did it to them again the next time they saw him.”

Officer Robert McDonald stomping Hollins.png
In the earlier video, which had been released on social media on Wednesday, the driver — identified on Thursday as Demetrius Hollins — was being placed on the ground while in handcuffs by the officer that initially responded, while Officer Robert McDonald rushes out and stomps the prone man

In his own reaction Police Chief Bush Ayers said: “I’m very upset. I’m mad and I’m sick that this second video showed up,” Chief Ayers said during a press conference, noting he was also glad the footage surfaced and allowed them to take action against the supervising officer, who was hired by the force in 1998.
On Thursday night police announced that the sergeant had been fired. They added that they had launced a criminal investigation into Bongiovanni as well as a second officer, Robert McDonald, involved in the controversial traffic stop.
In that earlier video shared to social media on Wednesday, Bongiovanni can be seen handcuffing Hollins and placing him on the ground as Gwinnett County Master Police Officer Robert McDonald arrives in response to his superior’s backup call.

Sgt. Michael Bongiovanni (l.) and Master Police Officer Robert McDonald .jpgSgt. Michael Bongiovanni [left], and Master Police Officer Robert McDonald [right]. Both officers involved in Demetrius Hollins’ arrest have been fired and face criminal investigations

McDonald can be seen approaching Hollins and then stomping on his face as he lay on the ground unable to defend himself.
“What I viewed last night disturbed me as it disturbed everyone who witnessed that video,” the chief said. “What happened yesterday at the hands of my former officer was embarrassing not only to the Gwinnett County Police Department, but to all law enforcement.”

He bonded out on traffic and possession of marijuana charges, exiting the jail with his attorneys by his side. They told 11 Alive he was doing well, but was headed to the hospital to get checked out.

Within 24 hours of these videos surfacing, the affected officers have been fired from their jobs

Mere hours after the police department’s press conference, the footage of Bongiovanni surfaced and he was fired shortly after.
Police said Thursday night the sergeant had been fired. They added that they’ve launced a criminal investigation into Bongiovanni as well as a second officer involved in the controversial traffic stop
“I’m very upset. I’m mad and I’m sick that this second video showed up,” Chief Bush Ayers said during a press conference, noting he was also glad the footage surfaced and allowed them to take action against the supervising officer, who was hired by the force in 1998.

Demitrius Hollins1.jpgThe pair of officers involved in Demetrius Hollins’ [photo] arrest are under criminal investigation

Ayers condemned both of their actions and revealed the superior officer hid his actions from investigators while filling out reports regarding the incident.
“We acknowledge that the actions of these two officers have implications that will be felt for some time,” a statement from the police department reads. “However, we also believe that our decisive action in terminating both officers speaks volumes about each officer that wears a Gwinnett County Police Badge.”

 

1 Comment on Ga cops move against police brutality as two officers are fired for assaulting an unarmed man

  1. Lazaro Marino // April 15, 2017 at 6:54 pm // Reply

    How’s that shock and awe working out for you officers? You seem to forget everyone and their mother has a smart phone these days!
    You go around killing peoples dogs from poodle to rottweiler, even chained up dogs and you get to claim you FELT in fear for your lives. I hope you sick autistic child killing punks lose it all and gave to work at a pizza joint where you get stopped every nite for identification.
    Yes, there are a few good cops out there and I personally owe my life to one. But these guys are absolute sick power tripping abusers, Go to Hell and may your your families suffer for you stupidity!

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