Police Officers Indicted For Assaulting Demetrius Hollins And Fabricating Story
He didn’t have a license plate.
He didn’t comply with verbal commands
He tried to push the officer away.
He reached for a firearm under his car seat.
The car smelled like marijuana.
He was pulled over before and a gun was found.
He resisted arrested which forced the tasing.
Those were all reason that Sgt. Michael Bongiovanni, 42, and Officer Robert McDonald 25, of suburban Atlanta, Georgia gave to justify their use of excessive force on April 12, 2017 upon 21-year old Demetrius Hollins.
Then bystander video was released showing what happened after Demetrius was placed in handcuffs and laying on the ground. The video shows McDonald running up to a handcuffed Demetrius, stomping on his head as if he was stomping an insect.
Another bystander video was released showing the traffic stop. In it, Bongiovanni is shown punching Demetrius in the face as he gets out of the car with his hands up.
What the videos show is inconsistent with reports given by the police.
The officers were fired, and charged with violation of oath of office and misdemeanor battery. Violation of oath of office is a felony.
Demetrius had been charged with numerous offenses. All charges against him were subsequently dismissed.
In February of this year, Gwinnette County District Attorney Danny Porter took the matter before a grand jury on additional felony charges. The grand jury returned a 10-count indictment, including charging Bongiovanni with battery, aggravated assault for pointing a gun at Demetrius, burning him with a taser, and lying about Demetrius resisting arrest.
Bongiovanni and McDonald want separate trials.
Demetrius Hollins’ attorney says the indictment is a good start, but there’s still a long way to go.
The fearful thing is knowing that had bystanders not videotaped the incident, it would have been brushed under the rug. The officers would still be on the street using excessive force and misrepresenting the facts in their reports to place blame on suspects.
Now, the District Attorney is looking at about 30 other cases involving the two officers.
The following video includes bystander videos and addresses the 30 cases.
Posted on 04/11/2018, in Cases, Demetrius Hollins and tagged Demetrius Hollins, excessive force, Georgia, Gwinnette, indicted, Michael Bongiovanni, Robert McDonald. Bookmark the permalink. 26 Comments.