A second Georgia police officer was fired on Thursday, a day after cellphone videos emerged showing one of the officers punching a man who had his hands up and the other kicking the man in the head once he was handcuffed on the ground.
The Gwinnett County Police Department said Thursday afternoon that Master Police Officer Robert McDonald violated department policy and the law. Video showed McDonald assaulting Demetrius Bryan Hollins while assisting a supervisor who had called for backup during a traffic stop about 4pm on Wednesday.
Several hours later, police said that supervisor, Sgt. Michael Bongiovanni, had also been fired after a second video surfaced of him punching Hollins in the face as Hollins put his hands in the air.
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The 21-year-old college student said he had a run in with Bongiovanni before, so when he saw him pull him over, he tried to take out his phone to film the talk.
‘It was so surreal,’ Hollins said. ‘He told me to step out of the car. Soon as I stepped out of the car with my hands up …that’s when he punched me in the face.’