Officer accused of kicking handcuffed man in head

Apr 17, 2017, 05:26

The Gwinnett County Police Department said in a statement that the incident occurred Wednesday and that videos confirmed "the force used was unnecessary and excessive".

The video then shows both cops - who are white - holding the man down before hauling him into their waiting police auto.

Two Georgia police officers who authorities say were involved in the assault of a man during a traffic stop-where one punched the man as his hands were raised, and the other stomped the man in the head as he was handcuffed-were fired Thursday.

Gwinnett County Police on Thursday announced the firing of Sgt. Michael Bongiovanni and Master Police Officer Robert McDonald.

In his police report, Bongiovanni said Hollins' auto didn't have a license plate and that he didn't immediately pull over.

Investigators said a witness stuck in traffic captured video as the officer kicked the handcuffed man in the head.

"The revelations uncovered in this entire investigation are shocking", police said in the statement.

Police have scheduled a news conference for Thursday evening to discuss the newly-surfaced video.

A second video later surfaced and was shot from a very different angle.

No charges have been filed against either officer, but CNN reported that a criminal investigation is moving forward.

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He did not admit he punched him in his report, but thugs tend to lie about these things. In August, he pulled the Acura over after running the tag and discovering the car's registration was suspended.

Bongiovanni states in the report that Hollins yelled and refused to obey orders when he ordered him out of the auto, and resisted when the officer tried to arrest him.

After he took Hollins to jail, Bongiovanni told a supervisor that McDonald had kicked the suspect in the head. There was no mention in the report of Bongiovanni hitting Hollins. Both Hollins and his mother, Tamara Crenshaw, will be in attendance.

"The suspect was lying down, he was clearly handcuffed, he was clearly not resisting", Ayers said. But Bongiovanni reportedly didn't.

The policeman said he then had to deploy a Taser on the man then put him in handcuffs.

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

Hollins was not able to answer questions from reporters.

Police said McDonald, a three-year veteran of the force, was responding as backup during a traffic stop.