ATLANTA (AP) – Charges have been filed against two fired Georgia police officers who authorities say were captured on video kicking and hitting a man during a traffic stop.
Gwinnett County police on Wednesday announced charges against Michael Bongiovanni and Robert McDonald. Each man faces a felony charge of violation of oath of office and a misdemeanor battery charge.
Both were fired April 13, after police said video filmed by witnesses during a traffic stop a day earlier showed Bongiovanni hitting Demetrius Hollins as he stood with his hands up and McDonald stomping on Hollins’ head as he lay on the ground handcuffed.
Attorney Mike Puglise is representing Bongiovanni. Puglise says his client maintains his innocence and plans to vigorously defend himself. It wasn’t clear whether McDonald has a lawyer.