Police Fire Georgia Officer For Kicking Handcuffed Man

Jerome Frank
April 17, 2017

Both officers were fired Thursday after videos surfaced showing them striking and kicking a man during a traffic stop in Lawrenceville.

The Gwinnett County Solicitor General dismissed 89 cases that were worked by the two officers fired from the Gwinnett Police Department on Thursday for punching and kicking an unarmed man.

Police have said the two officers hit 21-year-old Demetrius Bryan Hollins on Wednesday afternoon during a traffic stop in Lawrenceville, just outside Atlanta.

Demetrius Hollins reacts to getting punched and kicked by Georgia police officers.

The officer stated that the auto seemed like it was stalling, and he exited the police vehicle to talk to the driver, and smelled the scent of marijuana.

"We can nearly betcha the Chief of Police will say, "I'm sorry but we can't speak on personnel matters or we are conducting a full investigation" and after the investigation they will say..."

"The revelations uncovered in this entire investigation are shocking", police department spokesman Cpl. The results will be turned over to the county district attorney, who will decide whether to prosecute the two officers.

"We think they knew".

Bongiovanni said he verbally ordered Hollins to exit the auto several times and threatened to use his Taser but the man refused.

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

Hollins also said there were no drugs in his vehicle despite the arrest report saying he was in possession of marijuana.

Demetrius Bryan Hollins, 21, is shown in bystander video being pulled from a auto, handcufffed and placed face-down on a road, where an officer appears to kick him in the head.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://on-ajc.com/2oi1nu2 ) Hollins said during the press conference that the encounter with police was "the scariest moment of my life".

Hollins says he recognized Bongiovanni from a stop last summer where he says the officer choked and punched him in the face.

Bongiovanni eventually Tasered Hollins, pinned him on the ground and handcuffed him. It wasn't immediately clear whether either man had an attorney who could comment. McDonald then told him that he was under arrest.

Hollins was released on April 13 on a $7,500 bond, officials said.

Hollins was charged with obstruction of a law enforcement officer, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and driving on a suspended or revoked license. But the officer who responded to the accident said in a letter to the department's safety review committee that it would have been very hard for McDonald to avoid the wreck. Miller said they are now waiting on the police department's next move.

".The truth would have never came to light without these videos".

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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