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Georgia cops fired after videos surface of them punching and kicking motorist

Georgia cops fired after videos surface of them punching and kicking motorist Georgia cops fired after videos surface of them punching and kicking motorist
Erik Tate | 17 April, 2017, 05:46

Hours later, the department announced that Bongiovanni had also been fired, after a second video surfaced of him punching Hollins in the face while the man had his hands up.

Another video came to light late Thursday showing the first officer involved in the stop, 19-year veteran Sgt. Michael Bongiavonni, punching Hollins in the face, even as Hollins had his hands in the air.

Three days after he says he was attacked by two former Gwinnett County officers during a traffic stop, Demetreius Hollins, 21, still wears the scars on his nose and lips.

Witnesses say they were stunned after watching a police officer punch and kick a man in broad daylight during a traffic stop.

The video, which was described as "very disturbing" by a police spokesperson, was captured on a cell phone by another driver in traffic.

"We acknowledge that the actions of these two officers have implications that will be felt for some time", a police department statement says.

Possible charges against the two officers includes battery, assault under the color of law and violation of oath.

"The revelations uncovered in this investigation are shocking to me and my command staff", Ayers said.

"Based on what I know right now, I would anticipate there are going to be charges", Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter said, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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

Police said Hollins was pulled over for having a broken taillight and later resisted arrest.

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The officer wrote in the report that Hollins was acting strangely and his vehicle smelled of marijuana.

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.

"With the particular police officer before and he charged me with the same charges as he charged me with yesterday". It wasn't immediately clear whether either man had an attorney.

Smith said Hollins had a previous physical encounter with Bongiovanni during a traffic stop a year ago in the same area.

Police said the officers are both white, and police reports say Hollins is black. He said at least four others have contacted his office claiming mistreatment by the officers.

The video, which was posted online, shows an officer appearing to yell orders at a handcuffed man who then lies face-down in a left-turn lane of the busy intersection.

Bongiovanni eventually said he needed to use a Taser on Hollins and handcuff him.

McDonald received a few commendations and recognitions, including sharing the officer of the month honor in November 2015.

"He start (ed) shoving me in my vehicle 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", he said in the television interview.

Both officers did not respond immediately to CNN requests for comment.

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