Two jaw dropping cell phone videos show violent acts from two Gwinnett County police officers during a traffic stop.
Two Georgia police officers have been terminated after videos of a 21-year-old man being punched and kicked surfaced online.
It was Bongiovanni who pulled Hollins over in Lawrenceville, Ga., just outside of Atlanta.
The video then shows both cops - who are white - holding the man down before hauling him into their waiting police vehicle.
Police Chief Butch Ayers said when Bongiovanni spoke with internal affairs, he "said nothing about the punch", an action the chief called "unreasonable and unnecessary".
"We acknowledge that the actions of these two officers have implications that will be felt for some time", a police department statement says.
A shift supervisor started investigating McDonald's behavior immediately, police said. "We want them to have to stand before a Gwinnett County judge in a courtroom full of Gwinnett County citizens, with their legs shackled and their hands cuffed behind their back".
Hollins was driving a red Acura Integra with no license plate and a brake light that didn't work, and switched lanes three times without signaling, according to an incident report filed by Sgt. Michael Bongiovanni, the officer who first approached him.
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Bongiovanni punched Demetrius Bryan Hollins in the face as Hollins stood with his hands up after getting out of his vehicle, police said.
Bongiovanni said he then realized he had arrested Hollins in August 2016 for having marijuana and a loaded gun in the auto.
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"With the particular police officer before and he charged me with the same charges as he charged me with yesterday". After that McDonald came on the scene and stomped him in the face. Then, a second video surfaced - this one showing Bongiovanni striking the same man in the face as he was standing with hands raised to get out of his vehicle.
Bongiovanni punched Hollins after Hollins got out of his vehicle.
He said McDonald apologized for what occurred and for embarrassing the department.
At the same press conference, Ayers applauded Bongiovanni for following protocol and reporting the stomping incident with McDonald. He claimed Hollins was choked during that traffic stop and said his client wanted to record this encounter.
"Their actions send a signal to the community, the department and to the nation that the conduct reflected in the video will not be tolerated", Stephens said. The officer then immediately requested a backup unit for assistance.