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.
The video from Wednesday afternoon showed Sgt. Michael Bongiovanni pulling 21-year-old Demetrius Bryan Hollins from his auto on a highway outside of Lawrenceville, Georgia.
It was Bongiovanni who pulled Hollins over in Lawrenceville, Ga., just outside of Atlanta.
The other, filmed by a witness from another angle, shows Sgt Michael Bongiovanni striking Mr Hollins in the face as he exits his auto with his hands up.
"The video was contrary to what was reported by Michael Bongiovanni", Gwinnett police said in a statement.
Now, both former officers are facing criminal charges.
"The revelations uncovered in this entire investigation are shocking", the statement continued.
Hollins yelled and began to "act unusual", and based on that and the officer's recollection of Hollins' behavior during a previous arrest in August, Bongiovanni called for backup, the report says.
Police told me yesterday that the officers are white and Hollins appears to be black. He also wrote in his report that he could smell marijuana coming from the driver and that Hollins refused to cooperate.
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"I was punched, tased, kicked in the head and incarcerated for no reason", Hollins said.
Then Bongiovanni punched him in the face. "This is why we take to the street and we scream "Black Lives Matter" because police officers violate us day in, day out".
"I would say that, probably next week, sometime, we're gonna meet with the police department and make some decisions", said Porter.
Hollins' lawyer, Justin Miller, said the incident would likely have been gone unreported if it had not been caught on video.
Moving swiftly, the police department announced at a press conference Thursday afternoon that McDonald has been terminated, and there now is a criminal investigation into McDonald's actions. He never mentioned punching Hollins.
Bongiovanni said he deployed his Taser on Hollins multiple times and placed him on the ground. He was sacked Thursday evening. Hollins was handcuffed and prone at the time.
A booking photo of Hollins show his nose and lip bloodied from the encounter. McDonald, said the police chief, was not.
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Hollins says he recognized Bongiovanni from a stop last summer where he says the officer choked and punched him in the face.