A Georgia police officer was sacked Thursday, less than 24 hours after authorities say he kicked a handcuffed man in the head.
Officer Robert McDonald - who was responding to a call to assist another officer in a struggle - "just got tunnel vision", Gwinnett County Police Chief Butch Ayers said at a news conference Thursday.
A Georgia police department fired a second officer after footage surfaced Thursday showing him punching a suspect in the face.
The Gwinnett County Police Department said Thursday afternoon that Master Police Officer Robert McDonald violated department policy and the law.
Hollins says he recognized Bongiovanni from a stop last summer where he says the officer choked and punched him in the face. The incident was captured by a witness using a cellphone. "In less than 24 hours, the Gwinnett County Police Department held this officer accountable for his actions", Ayers said. "We do not tolerate actions that are not consistent with our core values or state law", a police statement said.
The police department said it has launched a criminal investigation that will be sent to the Gwinnett County district attorney's office.
"The revelations uncovered in this entire investigation are shocking", police said in the statement. That officer immediately stomps on the man's face.
According to Bongiovanni's report, the vehicle smelled of marijuana and Hollins "began to act odd", saying he wanted to call his mother. In his report, Bongiovanni said Hollins' auto smelled of marijuana and he then "began to act unusual", saying he wanted to call his mother.
The officers are white. A second officer runs up and immediately appears to stomp on the man's head before both officers eventually pull him to his feet.
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.
Demetrius Hollins, the male in the vehicle, attempted to restart his auto.
"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".
The video then shows both cops - who are white - holding the man down before hauling him into their waiting police auto. A booking photo of Hollins show his nose and lip bloodied from the encounter.
Demetrius Hollins was charged with less than an ounce of marijuana, obstruction of a police officer and several traffic citations, including driving with a suspended license, failure to signal and not having proper brake lights nor a license plate.
"I'm literally sick about it", Ayers said. Hollins' did not immediately pull over, but his auto eventually stalled out.