Gwinnett officer on administrative leave after kicking man in head

Police said the incident happened April 12 around 4 p.m. local time.

It wasn't long ago, for instance, that Chicago and its police department were widely criticized for taking more than 400 days to release dashboard camera footage of the 2014 fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald. McDonald can be seen running over to the scene, and without stopping, viciously kicking Hollins' face.

The department's shift commander said he initiated an immediate investigation after the incident.

McDonald had been placed on administrative leave earlier this week, resulting in his firearm being confiscated, police said.

Ayers told reporters late Thursday that "providing false or misleading information" would not be tolerated by the department.

"What happened yesterday was clearly outside of state law and department policy", police said in a statement. McDonald had "stepped outside the guiding principles of our agency", the department said in a statement released after the first video surfaced. The chief said the probe into McDonald's behavior was launched even before cellphone video of the incident gained traction on social media.

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"The actions of these officers completely undermine their credibility and they can not be relied upon as witnesses in any pending prosecution", according to a solicitors office press release. "This is not what we expect from our officers, and we aren't going to put up with it".

Jones recorded the video that he said is a worldwide example of excessive force. "This is why we take to the street and we scream "Black Lives Matter" because police officers violate us day in day out". The warrant further states that Hollins "did physically resist arrest".

In both cases, Bongiovanni spotted a red Acura Integra with a burned out brake light driven by Hollins. Hollins also changed lanes three times without a signal.

Bongiovanni's account of the Wednesday traffic stop is very similar to another incident report he filed in August after he pulled over the same man, Demetrius Bryan Hollins, and McDonald responded to his call for backup. In his report, Bongiovanni wrote that Hollins' vehicle didn't have a license plate and that the driver had switched lanes multiple times without signaling.

Police said Hollins was pulled over for having a broken taillight and later resisted arrest.

Bongiovanni had arrested Hollins before, according to Ayers. This week, the vehicle had no tag and Bongiovanni pulled over Hollins after he changed lanes three times without signaling. In all of his annual performance evaluations since then, superiors described him as friendly to both his peers and suspects he encountered on patrol.

  • Adam Floyd