Fired officers had previously arrested same man

Fired officers had previously arrested same man

Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta wrote on their Facebook their demands that the Gwinnett County Police Department, or GCPD, terminate McDonald for his attack on Hollins and seek criminal charges.

Gwinnett County Police on Thursday announced the firing of Sgt. Michael Bongiovanni and Master Police Officer Robert McDonald, a day after the traffic stop was recorded by witnesses who posted the video online.

What began with an attempted traffic stop ended some 26 hours later with two Gwinnett County police officers fired for stomping and punching a black motorist.

The department has also opened criminal investigations into the behavior of the two officers.

"The revelations uncovered in this entire investigation are shocking", police department spokesman Cpl.

"What happened yesterday at the hands of one of my former officers was embarrassing, not only to the Gwinnett County Police Department but to all law enforcement", he said. Deon Washington said a shift commander "initiated an immediate investigation" after being notified of Wednesday's incident.

Following the incident, the officer was placed on administrative leave and sent home.

"What I viewed on that video disturbed me", Gwinnett Police Chief Butch Ayers said at the press conference.

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The video, shared on Facebook by Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta, shows a second officer pull the man out of his vehicle and roll him onto his stomach. We hold our officers accountable for their actions.

In a second video, Hollins then can be seen lying handcuffed on the ground in the middle of the highway, when another officer, Robert McDonald, sprinted over to the scene and kicked Hollins in the face. This one showed Bongiovanni dragging Hollins out of his vehicle before McDonald arrived on the scene. When he got out to talk to the driver, the officer claimed he could smell marijuana.

"When I first saw the video, I immediately got the chills", Page told ABC News. After the auto was pulled over, the smell of marijuana was evident and Hollins "began to act unusual", the report said.

"You don't picture yourself seeing a police officer do that live and in person", Dillard said.

Public outrage at how police departments responded to previous misconduct accusations only partly explain the reason for the swift action this week in California and Georgia, according to Alexander.

Bongiovanni wrote that Hollins wouldn't stop for him and only came to a complete stop once his Acura stalled out.

Ayers said McDonald had been called as back-up after the suspect initially resisted arrest but by the time he arrived, the situation was largely under control.

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