GRAPHIC: Officers fired after punching, kicking man during arrest

A Georgia police department fired a second officer after footage surfaced Thursday showing him punching a suspect in the face.

"We are DEMANDING that Gwinnett County Police Department immediately terminate this officer who viciously kicked a HANDCUFFED BLACK MAN lying on the ground in the middle of the street (off Sugarloaf Parkway) without cause and without merit".

"We. will not idly stand by while assaults are made against Black folk in Gwinnett County", Tillman said.

Demetrius Hollins had been stopped by police in the Lawrenceville area when he was stomped in the head by an officer. The incident was captured by a witness using a cellphone.

The police department's internal affairs unit questioned Bongiovanni and McDonald about their actions, Ayers said. The statement continued with, "We do not tolerate actions that are not consistent with our core values or state law".

"The revelations uncovered in this entire investigation are shocking", the statement continued. 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. It wasn't immediately clear whether either man had an attorney who could comment.

Bongiovanni eventually Tasered Hollins, pinned him on the ground and handcuffed him.

Police said Thursday night that Bongiovanni had been terminated, and a criminal investigation is underway. Bongiavonni was a 19 year veteran, becoming a Gwinnett County, Georgia police officer nearly two decades ago. McDonald can be seen running over to the scene, and without stopping, viciously kicking Hollins' face.

His mother, Tamara Crenshaw, said she is still shaken up about what happened to her son.

"Based on what I know right now, I would anticipate there are going to be charges", Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter said Thursday, before the video of Bongiovanni surfaced.

Now, the Gwinnett County Police Department is launching criminal investigations into the behavior of both McDonald and Bongiovanni.

The man in the auto, Demetrius Hollins, attempted to restart his vehicle.

Bongiavonni insists, reports ABC News, that Hollins was ordered to step out of the vehicle but refused, choosing instead to begin screaming "help me" into his cellphone.

Police said 21-year-old Demetrius Bryan Hollins of Lawrenceville was pulled over for a broken tail light and resisted arrest, WSB-TV reported. He was released on bond Thursday afternoon. He said Hollins yelled at him when asked who owned the vehicle, and refused to get out.

"I'm traumatized that this happened to me", Hollins said.

After he took Hollins to jail, Bongiovanni told a supervisor that McDonald had kicked the suspect in the head.

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

  • Larry Hoffman