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Thread started 04/14/17 11:25am

free2bfreeda

2 Georgia police officers fired after videos show man being punched, kicked during traffic stop

(this needed to be posted as a positive event)

April 14 2017 (two hrs ago) circa=9:13am | : https://gma.yahoo.com/geo...ories.html

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Two Georgia police officers have been fired today after videos surfaced online showing a man being punched and kicked during a traffic stop, police said.

The Gwinnett County Police Department in Lawrenceville, Georgia -- about 30 miles outside of Atlanta -- called the videos "shocking" and "disturbing" and announced today that two officers had been fired and that criminal investigations had begun.

The first video to surface shows an officer kicking a handcuffed man in the head as he lays in the middle of a major roadway during a traffic stop. That officer, identified as Master Police Officer Robert McDonald, was terminated today, police said.

A second video discovered by police, taken by a witness from a different angle, "shows the man getting out of the car with both hands up," according to police. "As he stands with his hands up, [Sergeant] Michael Bongiovanni strikes the man in the face," the police said in a statement.

Bongiovanni, a supervisor, was also terminated, the Gwinnett County Police Department announced.

"The revelations uncovered in this entire investigation are shocking. We are fortunate that this second video was found and we were able to move swiftly to terminate a supervisor who lied and stepped outside of his training and state law," the police said in a statement announcing the second officer's termination.

Bongiovanni was hired in 1999 while McDonald joined the department in 2013.

Earlier in the day, Gwinnett County Police Chief Butch Ayers said of McDonald: "This officer and his actions do not represent the men and women of this police department who put their lives on the line."

Ayers said McDonald apologized for what occurred and for embarrassing the department.

"It shouldn't have happened," Ayers said McDonald told him.

The Gwinnett Police Department said in a press release that it has launched a criminal investigation that will be handed over to the District Attorney's Office.

"What happened yesterday was clearly outside of state law and department policy," the police department said. "We do not tolerate actions that are not consistent with our core values or state law."

Police said the incident happened April 12 around 4 p.m. local time. McDonald was responding as a backup officer to assist Bongiovanni with a traffic stop at the busy intersection of Sugarloaf Parkway at Lawrenceville Suwanee Road.

McDonald was “involved in a use of force where a handcuffed man was kicked in the head,” according to the Gwinnett County Police Department. An ambulance responded to the scene and treated the man, police said.

The officer who made the stop reported McDonald to superiors, Ayers said.

The shift commander initiated an “immediate investigation into the incident” after the arrest, the police department said. McDonald was subsequently placed on administrative leave and his department-issued firearm was taken.

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dove

hopefully this horrific incident will set an example for more police jurisdictions to stop with the bullying, over the top show of force, and irrational violence while in the line of police duties.

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(note) mods please don't remove this post from p&r since it is a step in the right direction in schooling the puhlic that police are NOT above the law. the mis use of force is unacceptable.

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Reply #1 posted 04/14/17 12:56pm

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More proof the system is built against anyone and everyone, especially minorities. The only people cops protect and serve are themselves.

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Reply #2 posted 04/14/17 1:14pm

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TrivialPursuit said:

More proof the system is built against anyone and everyone, especially minorities. The only people cops protect and serve are themselves.

however in this case the officer's were held accountable and fired. pretty sure criminal activity against them will follow. assualt and battery.

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Reply #3 posted 04/14/17 1:29pm

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free2bfreeda said:

TrivialPursuit said:

More proof the system is built against anyone and everyone, especially minorities. The only people cops protect and serve are themselves.

however in this case the officer's were held accountable and fired. pretty sure criminal activity against them will follow. assualt and battery.


Agreed. Usually it's open season on minorities.

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Reply #4 posted 04/15/17 1:37pm

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http://m.dailykos.com/sto...jaywalking

Freeda, here is beating in another state against against a Jaywalker, that happened this week:

Sacramento police officer caught slamming, beating pedestrian on tape after alleged jaywalking
Apr 12, 2017 11:51am EDT by wagatwe
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The Sacramento Police Department announced an investigation into one of their own for beating and slamming a Black man into the ground — all because he was allegedly jaywalking. Fortunately, the violence committed against the man, named Nandi Cain, Jr., was caught on tape by a bystander named Naomi Mantaie.

The video doesn’t catch the dialogue between them, but the incident seemed to escalate quickly. After Cain tried to show the officer he’s unarmed, thing seemed to take a turn for the worse. As Mic reports:


Within a few seconds, the officer is seen lunging at Cain, grabbing him by the throat and throwing him to the ground. Cain does not appear to resist as the officer mashes his head into the concrete and punches him in the face multiple times. A few seconds later — as the officer is seen twisting Cain's right arm to a nearly-vertical angle while he is lying on his stomach — another officer enters the frame. Together, they handcuff Cain. Other officers soon arrive on the scene, and eventually seven police can be seen standing over Cain's prone body

Cain was charged with resisting arrest. The charges were later dropped. The offending officer is on paid administrative leave while he’s investigated.
[Edited 4/15/17 14:06pm]
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2elijah said:

http://m.dailykos.com/sto...jaywalking Freeda, here is beating in another state against against a Jaywalker, that happened this week:


I don't usually watch these videos, because it just infuriates me to see such a fucking power trip on minorities. It's like it's open season on folks, as I stated before. But I saw the jaywalking one. The 2nd cop, not knowing anything, showed up and kicked the guy in the face. It's sickening. And not in the "Ohh gurl" sorta way.

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