Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
U.S. | By Vera Richards

Driver speaks about viral encounter with former Gwinnett County police officers

Driver speaks about viral encounter with former Gwinnett County police officers

Another video was discovered late Thursday that showed the first officer involved in the stop, a 19 year veteran names Sgt. Michael Bongiavonni, punching Hollins in the face, even as Hollins had his hands in the air.

The almost two-minute video, shot a short distance from the traffic stop, begins with a police officer struggling with a man after pulling him out of his vehicle.

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

It was Bongiovanni who pulled Hollins over in Lawrenceville, Ga., just outside of Atlanta. "The cell phone video is very disturbing and it speaks for itself". Both men are now under criminal investigation.

The officer hasn't been identified, but police say he has been put on paid leave pending a full investigation.

The department took swift action, firing the master police officer the very next day.

Another officer is seen running over to assist and appears to stomp the handcuffed man in the face as he lays on the street.

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

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. When Hollins tried to get up, Bongiovanni used the stun gun again on him again and was then able to handcuff him, the report says.

The officer is white, the driver is black.

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The department says an investigation into McDonald's actions was launched immediately, and he was sacked by midafternoon Thursday.

Bongiovanni and McDonald were both fired over the incident Thursday and criminal investigations launched.

Jones' video ends as Hollins is placed on the trunk of his auto.

But even while some officers are held accountable for excessive use of force, it's unclear how pervasive the unlawful use of force is among USA police departments.

"I'm literally sick about it, " he added. The officer said he recognized Hollins from a auto stop and arrest past year for possessing marijuana and a loaded gun, and called for backup.

Bongiovanni had arrested Hollins before, according to Ayers. Hollins was handcuffed and on his stomach when he was struck.

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

Hollins had a bloody lip and nose, and he was examined by a medical unit before he was placed in the officer's patrol vehicle, according to the report. He and several other officers were named officer of the month for November 2015 after they helped arrest two suspects following a robbery.

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