Cop Fired for Kicking Handcuffed Man in Head


The department fired Bongiovanni Thursday evening about two hours after the second video surfaced.

A prosecutor in Georgia has dismissed dozens of cases involving two former officers fired in a police brutality case.

A witness shot cell phone video showing Sgt. Michael Bongiovanni striking Demetrius Bryan Hollins in the face as he got out of a auto with both hands up, Public Information Officer Corporal Deon Washington said. The African-American victim was spotted coming out of the Gwinnett County, Georgia jail shortly after the incident took place, with his face bloodied.

Gwinnett County Police Chief Butch Ayers told Thomas that the second officer, a sergeant, told investigators when asked why he punched a suspect, "It's different out on the streets".

Criminal investigations have been launched into the officers actions.

It shows 19 year veteran Sgt. Michael Bongiovanni pulling the driver out of a red auto.

Miller said at a news conference Saturday that the firing of Sgt. Michael Bongiovanni and Master Police Officer Robert McDonald was not enough.

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Are police departments reacting differently now when confronted with video evidence showing the misconduct of officers? McDonald, has been terminated and is under investigation after authorities say he kicked a handcuffed Demetrius Bryan Hollins in the head during a traffic stop, according to the Police department. Louis and former police officer, says it's hard to tell whether the responses to the California and Georgia incidents represent a sign of the times.

"My name is Demetrius Hollins and all I can say is I wish this never happened to me", Hollins said.

Possible charges against the two officers includes battery, assault under the color of law and violation of oath. Michael Bongiovanni was let go later that day after a second video emerged, per the Washington Post.

In both cases, Bongiovanni spotted a red Acura Integra with a burned out brake light driven by Hollins. This one showed Bongiovanni dragging Hollins out of his vehicle before McDonald arrived on the scene. Bongiovanni wrote in the traffic report that he'd stopped Hollins because he was driving his Acura Integra without a license plate and changed lanes without a turn signal twice on Ga.

When Bongiovanni told Hollins last August that he was under arrest for not having a driver's license and asked him to step out of the vehicle, Hollins became hysterical, Bongiovanni wrote then.

That's reportedly when McDonald showed up and kicked Hollins in the head. Chief Ayers called his action inexcusable. "As he stands with his hands up, Michael Bongiovanni strikes the man in the face".

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