Officer Robert McDonald, who joined the department in 2013, responded as backup to a traffic stop on Wednesday, when he found a fellow officer with Demetrius Hollins, who had been placed under arrest.
A Georgia police officer was sacked Thursday after authorities say he kicked a handcuffed man in the head. a statement from the Gwinnett County Police Department says Officer Robert McDonald "stepped outside the guiding principles of the agency".
Bongiovanni's account of the traffic stop is very similar to the incident report he filed after he arrested Hollins in August.
Ayers condemned both of their actions and revealed the superior officer hid his actions from investigators while filling out reports regarding the incident.
"The revelations uncovered in this entire investigation are shocking", police said in the statement.
A Georgia police officer is under investigation after authorities say he kicked a handcuffed man in the head.
"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.
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The shift commander initiated an immediate investigation into the incident, according to Gwinnett County Police.
A second video, captured on a separate bystander's smartphone, showed Bongiovanni punching Hollins in the head after he obeyed commands to exit his vehicle with his hands raised.
The video, shared on Facebook by Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta, shows a second officer pull the man out of his auto and roll him onto his stomach. "This is not what we expect from our officers, and we aren't going to put up with it". This week, the vehicle had no tag and Bongiovanni pulled over Hollins after he changed lanes three times without signaling. An ambulance responded to the scene and treated the man, police said.
Bongiovanni arrested the man when he claimed to smell marijuana on him, but alleges that Hollins refused to be detained so the officer shot him with a Taser. According to the report, Hollins grabbed his phone and screamed "Help me" into it.
Hollins was charged with marijuana possession, obstruction of a police officer and several traffic citations.
Ayers told reporters late Thursday that "providing false or misleading information" would not be tolerated by the department. Both police officers, who have not been identified, appear to be white.
Hollins' lawyer, Justin Miller, said the incident would likely have been gone unreported if it had not been caught on video.