Published: Sun, April 16, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

Police fire 2 Georgia officers they say assaulted man

Police fire 2 Georgia officers they say assaulted man

Gwinnett County, Georgia police chief Butch Ayers said it is Bongiavonni who shows the least amount of remorse for what happened, having given "it's different in the streets" as his reason for harming Hollins, while under questioning.

In a cell phone video shot by a witness that emerged Wednesday night, Officer Robert McDonald, who was responding to assist Bongiovanni, emerges from offscreen and kicks Hollins while he is on the ground. He has been fired for kicking a handcuffed man in the head during a traffic stop.

Michael Bongiovanni for lying about his actions during a police stop, the department said in an emailed press release. He was ultimately charged with possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and obstruction of a police officer as well as several traffic citations, including driving on a suspended or revoked license, operating a vehicle with suspended or revoked registration, failure to signal and "brake lights required".

The 21-year-old Georgia college student punched then kicked by cops this week said he had a previous "encounter" with one of the officers. Hollins left his vehicle with his hands up but was punched in the head and taken to the ground by Bongiovanni.

Miller wants the sergeant's entire unit investigated and says other potential victims have already contacted him. His firing was announced Thursday afternoon. The officer who pulled him over, identified in the incident report as Bongiovanni, said Hollins "began to act strange" and started yelling, "I need to call my mom" and "You have to let me go". The two men could possibly face criminal charges. It wasn't immediately clear whether either man had an attorney who could comment. It wasn't immediately clear whether either man had an attorney.

Hollins yelled and began to "act odd", and based on that and the officer's recollection of Hollins' behavior during a previous arrest in August, Bongiovanni called for backup, the report says.

It wouldn't be surprising if McDonald also has a Nazi tattoo underneath his uniform.

The report from August will be reviewed during the criminal investigation, Gwinnett police spokeswoman Cpl.

Bongiovanni wrote that Hollins wouldn't stop for him and only came to a complete stop once his Acura stalled out. Police told him to leave the auto off and pull the emergency brake.

Police report that they smelled marijuana from the auto, and officers explained the driver had changed lanes three times without using a signal.

The incident also highlights the importance of laws protecting people's rights to record police officers in public.

"The fact of the matter is, the suspect was in handcuffs, the suspect was on the ground, the suspect was not resisting", he said.

Hollins yelled and refused to obey orders when Bongiovanni ordered him out of the vehicle and resisted when Bongiovanni tried to arrest him, the report says. But Bongiovanni reportedly didn't.

"If there were no cameras, they would have gotten away with it", Hollins' lawyer Justin Miller told NBC News.

He pulled him out and at first, Hollins put his hands up. Later that evening, a second video surfaced showing Bongiovanni punching that same man.

"Officer Bongiovanni tells him you're not going to use your phone and reaches in the auto to try to stop him from using the phone", Miller said. Hollins was handcuffed and prone at the time.

Hollins appears to have blood on his nose and lip in an arrest and booking photo.

The officer is white, the driver is black. As the driver stands with his hands raised, a sign of surrender, Bongiovanni rears back and punches the driver whose hands remain raised. He did, however, tell investigators that he used his taser in an attempt to stun Hollins.

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