Gwinnett County police assault victim set to speak out

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Hours later, a second video surfaced showing Bongiovanni punching that same handcuffed man.

"With the particular police officer before and he charged me with the same charges as he charged me with yesterday".

A witness shot cell phone video showing Sgt. Michael Bongiovanni striking Demetrius Bryan Hollins in the face as he got out of a vehicle with both hands up, Public Information Officer Corporal Deon Washington said.

After he took Hollins to jail, Bongiovanni told a supervisor that McDonald had kicked the suspect in the head.

Additionally, the department has launched criminal investigations into the incident, and the findings will be turned over to the county district attorney, who will decide on whether to file charges against one or both of the officers.

It shows 19 year veteran Sgt. Michael Bongiovanni pulling the driver out of a red vehicle.

Hollins says he recognized Bongiovanni from a stop last summer where he says the officer choked and punched him in the face.

The seemingly low rate of discipline for officers over the use of excessive force is why Hollins' case has drawn the attention of the Black Lives Matter chapter for the Greater Atlanta area, activists said.

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In his report, the 19-year veteran said the vehicle did not have a license plate and continued moving as he tried to stop it. Bongiovanni said there was a struggle after Hollins resisted arrest. The incident was captured on cellphone video by a witness stuck behind the stopped auto and the police vehicle.

Now, both former officers are facing criminal charges.

"There is no question when there is a video that emerges that shows clearly what occurred, police departments are reacting more quickly", says Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Washington-based Police Executive Research Forum, a group of law enforcement professionals. It wasn't immediately clear whether either man had an attorney.

Police released dashcam video of the confrontation, which occurred Monday after the officer left his patrol auto and approached accused jaywalker Nandi Cain Jr. on a residential street. One-third of force complaints that year were deemed "unfounded", while 23% of accused officers were exonerated.

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.

The policeman said he then had to deploy a Taser on the man then put him in handcuffs. That triggered Bongiovanni's memory of the August arrest, and he made a decision to call for backup, according to the report.

He added, "I scratch my head". Ayers said McDonald apologized for his actions and showed remorse.

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