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Officer Fired After Video Shows Him Kicking Handcuffed Suspect In The Face Guest Post

Officer Fired After Video Shows Him Kicking Handcuffed Suspect In The Face Guest Post

A man punched and kicked in the head by two Georgia cops during a traffic stop told NBC News that he earlier had an "encounter" with one of the officers.

The Gwinnett County Police Department announced Thursday that the officer, three-year police veteran Robert McDonald, has been fired.

On Thursday, the Gwinnett County Police in Georgia announced the termination of an officer who was caught on camera stomping on the head of a man who was on the ground in handcuffs.

The dizzying chain of events began shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday when Gwinnett police Sgt. Michael Bongiovanni tried to initiate a traffic stop near Sugarloaf Parkway and Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road.

The officer hasn't been identified, but police say he has been put on paid leave pending a full investigation.

In the 10-second-long, new video, a police officer, identified as Sgt. Michael Bongiovanni, a 19-year police veteran, can be seen pulling the driver of a red auto out of his vehicle. The police statement says the video is "very disturbing and speaks for itself". The Department fired both men.

"The revelations uncovered in this investigation are shocking to me and my command staff", Ayers said.

From there Bongiovanni punches and tasers Hollins. In his report, Bongiovanni said Hollins' vehicle smelled of marijuana and he then "began to act unusual", saying he wanted to call his mother.

On April 12, 2017 Officer R. McDonald was captured on video kicking a subdued man in the head. "I have to make sure your license is good and that the auto is not stolen", the officer said.

Police stopped Hollins' vehicle because it didn't have a license plate and changed lanes several times without using turn signals, according to a police report obtained by WXIA-TV. After the officer appears to handcuff him and step away, another officer comes running up to the scene.

Hollins was charged with obstruction of a law enforcement officer, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and driving on a suspended or revoked license. A working phone number couldn't immediately be located for him, and it wasn't clear whether he has an attorney who could comment.

During Wednesday's stop, the report says, Hollins again yelled "I need to call my mom" when Bongiovanni explained why he'd pulled him over.

Attorney Justin Miller said the police department knew of prior bad conduct by the officers and did nothing. He was released on bond on Thursday.

".The truth would have never came to light without these videos".

Bongiovanni and McDonald did not immediately respond to ABC News' requests for comment.

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