Published: Sat, April 15, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Police fire 2 Georgia officers they say assaulted man

Police fire 2 Georgia officers they say assaulted man

The police department statement says the two officers violated their training and state law.

"This incident - this type of force and this action - was uncalled for", the police chief said.

On Wednesday afternoon, officer Robert McDonald responded to assist a supervisor with a traffic stop.

McDonald started working at Gwinnett PD in August 2013 and graduated from the police academy in March 2014. He also wrote that he remembered detaining the same man during another stop, where Hollins allegedly had a loaded gun.

An ambulance then responded and treated the handcuffed man. Police say the officer's shift commander initiated an "immediate investigation".

He was initially placed on "administrative leave", forced to surrender his firearm and sent home, Washington told the newspaper - calling the Facebook video "very disturbing".

Page said his organization plans to put pressure on the department.

"What happened yesterday was clearly outside of state law and department policy".

The incident occurred in daylight at a busy intersection.

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

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Video filmed by a witness shows Bongiovanni punching Hollins as Hollins stands with his hands up after getting out of the vehicle, police said.

Hollins' lawyer, Justin Miller, said the incident would likely have been gone unreported if it had not been caught on video. Both police officers, who have not been identified, appear to be white.

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.

Cain was charged with resisting arrest. Hollins also changed lanes three times without a signal. The officer said he smelled marijuana and recognized Hollins from an earlier arrest in August of 2016 for marijuana possession and a loaded gun in his vehicle.

Police said the man, Demetrius Hollins, resisted arrest after being pulled over for a broken tail light.

Are police departments reacting differently now when confronted with video evidence showing the misconduct of officers? That's when Bongiovanni requested a backup unit, according to the incident report. In all of his annual performance evaluations since then, superiors described him as friendly to both his peers and suspects he encountered on patrol.

Several seconds later, a second officer runs up and kicks the driver in the head.

Bongiovanni eventually said he needed to use a Taser on Hollins and handcuff him. That's when the report said McDonald arrived.

Hollins, 21, was seen in his booking photo with a bloodied nose and lips.

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