Ga. college student punched, kicked by police officers speaks out

Ga. college student punched, kicked by police officers speaks out

Ga. college student punched, kicked by police officers speaks out

The first video to surface shows an officer, identified as McDonald, kicking a handcuffed man in the head as he lays in the middle of a major roadway during a traffic stop.

In each of those cases, either Master Police Officer Robert McDonald or Sgt. Michael Bongiovanni was the principal officer or a necessary witness.

Two white police officers in Atlanta, Georgia, were fired on Thursday after disturbing footage emerged of a Black man being punched in the face during a traffic stop and put in handcuffs, who then was kicked in the face by a second officer while lying helplessly handcuffed on the ground.

Eighty-nine criminal cases involving two Gwinnett County Police officers fired for abusing a man at a traffic stop have been tossed out by prosecutors.

It was Bongiovanni who pulled Hollins over in Lawrenceville, Ga., just outside of Atlanta. "The video was filmed by a witness and shows the man getting out of the vehicle with both hands up". The statement continued with, "We do not tolerate actions that are not consistent with our core values or state law".

The department says an investigation into McDonald's actions was launched immediately, and he was sacked by midafternoon Thursday. Both will be turned over to the Gwinnett County District Attorney's office.

"We think they knew", Miller said.

"I ordered Hollins out of the auto".

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Hollins initially faced several charges including driving with a suspended or revoked license, failure to signal, obstruction law enforcement officer and less than an ounce of marijuana. Bongiovanni says when he approached the auto he smelled marijuana.

The other video shows Bongiovanni yelling at the suspect and handcuffing him, before McDonald shows up and stomps Hollins in the head. "I have to make sure your license is good and that the auto is not stolen", the officer said.

It was unclear if either officer had hired an attorney.

Ayers said Bongiovanni didn't mention punching Hollins in his incident report or in a subsequent interview. After the officer appears to handcuff him and step away, another officer comes running up to the scene.

"I'm traumatized that this happened to me", Hollins said.

"You don't picture yourself seeing a police officer do that live and in person", Dillard said. The officer said he recognized Hollins from a vehicle stop and arrest a year ago for possessing marijuana and a loaded gun, and called for backup.

After he took Hollins to jail, Bongiovanni told a supervisor that McDonald had kicked the suspect in the head. But the officer who responded to the accident said in a letter to the department's safety review committee that it would have been very hard for McDonald to avoid the wreck.

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