Police fire 2 officers they say assaulted man

Gwinnett County Police Chief Butch Ayers echoed the department's sentiments at a press conference Thursday.

"We acknowledge that the actions of these two officers have implications that will be felt for some time", a police department statement says.

Dunwoody police Chief Billy Grogan, the president of the Georgia Association of Police Chiefs, called Gwinnett's actions "swift and just".

The incident happened at the Lawrenceville-area intersection of Sugarloaf Parkway and Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road.

According to police documents, McDonald has reported having had to use force in three other cases. An ambulance responded to the scene and treated the man, police said. Deon Washington said a shift commander began an investigation immediately after the arrest. The officer was sent home on administrative leave and his department-issued gun was taken.

Ayers told reporters late Thursday that "providing false or misleading information" would not be tolerated by the department.

The department added: "Robert McDonald stepped outside of the guiding principles of our agency, and as a result of his actions he was terminated less than 24 hours after the incident occurred".

The former officers could face criminal charges.

A second video, captured on a separate bystander's smartphone, showed Bongiovanni punching Hollins in the head after he obeyed commands to exit his vehicle with his hands raised. But now that only means that both officers need to be fired.

Bongoivanni didn't mention punching Hollins in his incident report or in a follow-up interview, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

"(He said) 'It's different out there in the streets, '" Ayers said.

Police said the officers are both white, and police reports say Hollins is black.

An officer, identified as Robert Mcdonald, walked up and kicked a 21-year-old man, who was handcuffed on the ground.

Cain was charged with resisting arrest.

McDonald had been responding as backup to help the officer - Bongiovanni - who had pulled Hollins over. As Hollins gets out the vehicle with his hands up, the officer punches him in the face.

Hollins yelled and refused to obey orders when Bongiovanni ordered him out of the auto and resisted when Bongiovanni tried to arrest him, the report says.

As the first officer observes, the second officer, seemingly unprovoked, stomps the handcuffed man in the face. That triggered Bongiovanni's memory of the August arrest, and he chose to call for backup, according to the report. He called for back up and ordered Hollins out of the vehicle.

"In my previous encounter he reached for a loaded firearm that was under his seat", he wrote in his report.

He did, however, tell superiors about how McDonald came running up and stomped on the back of his head, which is what led to his termination earlier today. His report also said that Hollins was "acting strangely" and started asking for his mother.

  • Rogelio Becker