Apr 15 2017
Now, the Gwinnett County Police Department is launching criminal investigations into the behavior of both McDonald and Bongiovanni.
A second video of Wednesday's incident surfaced, leading to the firing Thursday of Sgt. Michael Bongiovanni, a 19-year police veteran.
(AP) - A Georgia police officer who was praised as courteous and professional past year was sacked Thursday, less than 24 hours after authorities say he kicked a handcuffed man in the head.
The Gwinnett County Police Department said in a statement that the incident occurred Wednesday and that videos confirmed "the force used was unnecessary and excessive".
Bongiovanni states in the report that Hollins yelled and refused to obey orders when he ordered him out of the auto, and resisted when the officer tried to arrest him. The video was captured on a cell phone by a witness in traffic.
"What I viewed on that video disturbed me", Gwinnett Police Chief Butch Ayers said at the press conference.
"We acknowledge that the actions of these two officers have implications that will be felt for some time", the statement continued. We can nearly betcha the Chief of Police will say, "I'm sorry but we can't speak on personnel matters or we are conducting a full investigation" and after the investigation they will say... But police say the video contradicts that, showing Hollins exiting the auto with both hands up and Bongiovanni hitting him in the face as Hollins stands with his hands still up.
Gwinnett County authorities terminated McDonald Thursday afternoon for his actions. It shows McDonald getting a running start before kicking the handcuffed Hollins.
"All I could say is, I wish this never happened to me", a bloodied and bruised Hollins told reporters after leaving with his lawyers.
Bongiovanni said he verbally ordered Hollins to exit the vehicle several times and threatened to use his Taser but the man refused.
In his report, Bongiovanni said the vehicle did not have a license plate and continued moving as he tried to pull it over. Both police officers, who have not been identified, appear to be white.
The department says an investigation into McDonald's actions was launched immediately, and he was sacked by midafternoon Thursday. According to police, the officer was responding as backup to help a supervisor during a traffic stop. Some point to a clear about-face by police chiefs who have to clean up after such incidents, while others say it's too soon to know if the reactions in these cases represent a permanent policy shift. Both officers then hold the man down before putting him in the backseat of their squad vehicle.
Apr 14 2017
$19.8 billion airwaves auction may mean better cell service
Stations that accepted $10.05 billion in payments can go off the air or move to other airwaves. To be precise, T-Mobile won 31MHz of spectrum, covering the entire USA and Puerto Rico.
Apr 13 2017
Today is National Grilled Cheese Day - enough said
The Mad Dash grilled cheese food truck was at Stevens College of Technology in Lancaster Saturday during the college's open house. What's the ideal cheese to bread ratio? This decadent dish is now only found on the tasting menu at Alan Wong's Honolulu.
Apr 13 2017
Fitbit may delay new Apple-competitor watch, headphones
The antenna placement was such that the device couldn't get a strong signal - a pretty big miss for a fitness product. Indeed, it sounds entirely possible the watch will launch without waterproofing altogether.
Apr 11 2017
Norway extends detention of 17-year-old in explosive case
Wearing a yellow jumper with grey stripes, the teenager appeared impassive, sometimes leaning towards his lawyer to talk. Norway's security service PST said early Sunday it had taken over the investigation but declined to elaborate.
Apr 11 2017
Renowned satirist John Clarke dies
Clarke co-wrote the ABC's AFI Award-winning mockumentary The Games , about the organization of the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Fred Dagg's Greatest Hits, released in 1976, is still one of New Zealand's biggest selling records.
Apr 11 2017
Building collapses after major fire breaks out in downtown Portsmouth
Crews were forced to fight the fire from the outside because of the intense flames and building collapses. Fire officials say the fire started in the State Street Saloon around 12:30 a.m.
Apr 11 2017
For 12 Year-Old Girl From Blue Springs, Missouri
He was arrested and the girl was found after members of the public contacted police because of the Amber Alert. A clerk at the U-GAS station on Route Z in Wentzville noticed the girl and Dela Cruz and called police.
Apr 11 2017
Israel condemns Egypt church attack
The Taba crossing is located near Eliat and allows Israelis to enter Sinai. "The world must unite and fight terrorism everywhere". Less than an hour after the border was closed, a rocket landed in a greenhouse in southern Israel.
Apr 10 2017
Substitutes rescue Liverpool against Stoke City
But, if Coutinho seemed as though he was off his game, perhaps it was due to the significant toll his sickness had taken on him. It is against the clubs lower in the league where The Reds have struggled and where their pressing tactics are nullified.
Apr 10 2017
Verstappen passes 9 cars in one lap in masterful China race
Hamilton did, however, go across to the main grandstand near the end of P2 to sign some caps and throw them to the fans. But with similar conditions forecast for Saturday, the fear is that those sessions may similarly be afflicted.
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