Two Georgia cops were fired Thursday after videos surfaced showing them punching and stomping on the head of an unarmed non-resisting man.
But they should also be criminally charged, so let’s see how that pans out.
From the looks of it, it is something the two Gwinnett County police officers have been doing on a regular basis.
This time, it just happened to be caught on camera by a pair of witness, which is why the cops are also under criminal investigation.
“Based on what I know right now, I would anticipate there are going to be charges,” Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter said, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“But I don’t know what they are yet.”
The first video, recorded by a motorist, shows Gwinnett County Police Sergeant Michael Bongiovanni punching a 21-year-old man in the face who had his hands in the air during a traffic stop.
The second video shows, recorded by a second motorist, shows Gwinnett County police officer Robert McDonald running up to the scene after Hollin had been handcuffed and tasered, and stomping on the back of his head as he was laying facedown on the street.
Demetrius Hollins was charged with less than an ounce of marijuana, obstruction of a police officer and several traffic citations, including driving with a suspended license, failure to signal and not having proper brake lights nor a license plate.
None of the violations amount to the crimes committed by the cops on video.
Bongiovanni claimed he pulled Hollins over after noticing he did not have a license plate and was changing lanes without signaling, which is something only cops are allowed to do.
They say he did not immediately pull over, but came to a stop after his car stalled out.
Bongiovanni, who’s been on the force for two decades, claimed in his report he smelled marijuana and that Hollins “began to act strange” because he wanted to call his mother.
He did not admit he punched him in his report, but thugs tend to lie about these things.
He did, however, tell superiors about how McDonald came running up and stomped on the back of his head, which is what led to his termination earlier today.
McDonald, who’s been on the force for three years and named Officer of the Month in November 2015, appeared to be imitating the gruesome scene in American History X where Ed Norton Jr’s character did the same to another black man.
It wouldn’t be surprising if McDonald also has a Nazi tattoo underneath his uniform.
The second video did not surface until after McDonald was terminated, leading to Bongiovanni’s termination.
Both clips have been merged in the single video below.