Two police officers in an area of suburban Atlanta were dismissed after two videos surfaced of them viciously attacking a driver. These two officers, Robert McDonald and Michael Bongiovanni, have had 90 cases dismissed that involved the two of them.
There were 63 cases that were dismissed by the country recorder’s court and 26 cases that were dismissed by the county state court.
In the video, it is clear to see a man being kicked and punched unnecessarily during a traffic stop. The handcuffed man was kicked in the head by what can only be described as a pro-wrestling take-down, and is something that should never have been seen done by a police officer on a calm and compliant citizen. The police department referred the videos as “shocking” and “disturbing” and the two police officers have been fired to allow criminal investigations into the matter to begin.
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The first video to surface shows an officer, identified as McDonald, kicking a handcuffed man in the head as he lays in the middle of a major roadway during a traffic stop. A second video discovered by police, taken by a witness from a different angle, “shows the man getting out of the car with both hands up,” according to police. “As he stands with his hands up, [Sergeant] Michael Bongiovanni strikes the man in the face,” the police said in a statement.
Bongiovanni was hired in 1999 while McDonald joined the department in 2013.
Gwinnett County Police Chief Butch Ayers said of McDonald: “This officer and his actions do not represent the men and women of this police department who put their lives on the line.” He said McDonald apologized for what occurred and for embarrassing the department.
“It shouldn’t have happened,” Ayers said McDonald told him. The Gwinnett Police Department said in a press release that it has launched a criminal investigation that will be handed over to the District Attorney’s Office. Bongiovanni and McDonald did not immediately respond to ABC News’ requests for comment.