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- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 15, 2017,
Apr 15, 2017, 9:24
A Georgia police officer has been fired after a now-viral video showed him stomping a handcuffed suspect's head during a traffic stop Wednesday afternoon.
The video from Wednesday afternoon showed Sgt. Michael Bongiovanni pulling 21-year-old Demetrius Bryan Hollins from his vehicle on a highway outside of Lawrenceville, Georgia. It showed McDonald kicking Hollins while he was handcuffed on the ground. After the vehicle was pulled over, the smell of marijuana was evident and Hollins "began to act unusual", the report said.
The department fired McDonald Thursday after reviewing the footage, police said in an earlier press release.
The axing comes after a second video emerged showing Gwinnett County Police Sgt. Michael Bongiovanni punching 21-year-old Demetrius Bryan Hollins in the face, according to reports.
A second video later surfaced and was shot from a very different angle.
Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke was indicted last month on 16 new criminal charges on top of the six counts of first-degree murder he faces for the McDonald shooting, according to prosecutors. Ayers said McDonald apologized for his actions and showed remorse.
"And the media just kept replaying it and playing it over again", she said.
Bongiovanni punched Hollins after Hollins got out of his vehicle. McDonald runs up and immediately appears to stomp on the man's head before both officers eventually pull him to his feet.
"I am nearly for a loss of words for what we had to go through today for the unwarranted actions of two of my officers", he said.
"What happened yesterday at the hands of one my former officers was embarrassing not only to the Gwinnett County Police but to all law enforcement".
"We have also launched a criminal investigation that will ultimately be sent to the District Attorney's Office", the department said.
The African-American victim was spotted coming out of the Gwinnett County, Georgia jail shortly after the incident took place, with his face bloodied.
It wasn't long ago, for instance, that Chicago and its police department were widely criticized for taking more than 400 days to release dashboard camera footage of the 2014 fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald. The attack was captured via cellphone video recorded by eyewitnesses.
The policeman said he then had to deploy a Taser on the man then put him in handcuffs.
The sergeant was soon joined by Master Police Officer Robert McDonald at the scene. In addition to allegedly smelling marijuana, officers ordered Hollins out of the vehicle.
"He has been a very effective police officer throughout his career", Ayers said.
The seemingly low rate of discipline for officers over the use of excessive force is why Hollins' case has drawn the attention of the Black Lives Matter chapter for the Greater Atlanta area, activists said.
In this undated Gwinnett County Police Department photo, Sgt. Michael Bongiovanni poses for an official portrait.