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.
The Gwinnett County Police Department announced Thursday that the officer, three-year police veteran Robert McDonald, has been fired.
The department is planning to launch a second criminal investigation into Bongiovanni's actions. "There was a time when police could say, 'We need to wait for the full investigation.' Now, some departments are recognizing the importance of responding". A Georgia police officer is under investigation after authorities say he kicked Hollins in the head during a traffic stop in Lawrenceville, Ga., just outside Atlanta.
The dizzying chain of events began shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday when Gwinnett police Sgt. Michael Bongiovanni tried to initiate a traffic stop near Sugarloaf Parkway and Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road.
McDonald had been placed on administrative leave earlier this week, resulting in his firearm being confiscated, police said.
The almost two-minute video, taken by a witness on a cellphone, appears to show a police officer pull a driver, who is black, from his vehicle and struggle with the man before placing him on the ground and putting him in handcuffs.
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The video, which was described as "very disturbing" by a police spokesperson, was captured on a cell phone by another driver in traffic.
The last federal report of citizens' complaints over the use of force, released in 2006, recorded just 5% of all agencies and 59% of officers at "large state and local law enforcement agencies". We hold our officers accountable for their actions.
The red Acura Integra driven by 21-year-old Demetrius Bryan Hollins did not have a license plate, and Hollins changed lanes multiple times without signalling, according to an incident report.
The officer wrote in the report that Hollins was acting strangely and his vehicle smelled of marijuana.
Police said Hollins was pulled over for having a broken taillight and later resisted arrest. "This is the conduct of one or two individuals and we're going to deal with them appropriately, '" he says. This week, the vehicle had no tag and Bongiovanni pulled over Hollins after he changed lanes three times without signaling. The officer, who is white, then appears to stomp on the black suspect's head. After that McDonald came on the scene and stomped him in the face. Deon Washington said in a news release. Police report identifies Hollins as black.
Ayers told reporters late Thursday that "providing false or misleading information" would not be tolerated by the department.