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Georgia cop fired for stomping handcuffed Black man in the face (video)

Master police officer Robert McDonald, a member of the Gwinnett County [Georgia] Police Department, was caught on cellphone video stomping an unarmed Black man who was handcuffed and lying in the street. Demetrius Bryan Hollins was arrested during a traffic stop at the intersection of Sugarloaf Parkway and Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road.

Robert McDonald (Photo Credit: Gwinnett County Police Department)

Robert McDonald (Photo Credit: Gwinnett County Police Department)

He has been fired and is facing criminal charges. An investigation has been launched by Gwinnett PD that will be sent to the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s office, according to Cpl. Deon Washington.

“The video was very crucial to the investigation and it confirmed that the force used was unnecessary and excessive,” Washington said.

Demetrius Bryan Hollins mugshot (Photo Credit: Gwinnett County Police Department)

Demetrius Bryan Hollins mugshot (Photo Credit: Gwinnett County Police Department)

McDonald started working at Gwinnett PD in August 2013 and graduated from the police academy in March 2014.

“Robert McDonald stepped outside of the guiding principles of our agency and as a result of his actions he was terminated less than 24 hours after the incident occurred,” Washington said. “The actions by this former officer do not represent the officers of this department who dedicate their lives to serving the community on a daily basis.”

Hollins was charged with obstruction of a law enforcement officer, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and driving on a suspended or revoked license. Other charges include failure to signal, a problem with brake lights and a suspended or revoked registration


10 Comments

  1. Skyline Titans on April 13, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    Great to see that race soldier held accountable for his actions. I now hope they charge him with felonious assault and send his a** away.

    • Jason Stewart on April 16, 2017 at 11:52 pm

      You sound retarded

      • manupanama on April 17, 2017 at 11:26 am

        Retarded? He’s stating a clear sentiment held by most of the world (responsible for your actions) and opinion. Please be respectful of those with REAL cognitive disabilities as they would probably encourage you to engage in a real discourse.

        As a response to a couple threads going with this story on this site, there are many cases of police brutality where officers are not held accountable for their actions. It’s basically the officers word versus the individual being arrested, and in most cases the officer will prevail even with witnesses accounts. However, in this case the officers were oblivious to the fact that they were being watched and thought they could get away with omitting and changing certain details that were seen differently by their superiors. It was very clear how they broke their departmental rules and were fired for it.

        Should officers be held accountable for turning in false reports and violating civil rights?

        Is it ok to punch a person in the face standing with their hands up after getting out of the car?

        Is it ok to arrive to the scene and run to a suspect handcuffed and lying on the ground and stomp on his head?

        Now, before you say it. I’ll do it for you. Yes, the suspect was breaking the law without resigistration, suspended license, had pot on him, and even had a previous run in with the same officers where a gun was found in the same car. If this is true, this was obviously a stupid call on his part and should have kept his ass home. Now, he should be held accountable for his actions but that doesn’t mean getting punched in the face with your hands up and stomped in the head when handcuffed on the ground.

      • Oak510finest on April 17, 2017 at 2:08 pm

        That a boy! Take up for race soldiers posing as cops who break the law. Anyway, kudos to their supervisors for weeding out these cancers from their department.

  2. SrAgri on April 17, 2017 at 11:51 am

    If you are going to drive around without brake lights and not use a turn signal, you are going to get pulled over eventually. Without a valid license and registration, you are just asking to be arrested. Throw in some marijuana, screaming for help, and resisting lawful arrest, and you are going to make the police really edgy.

    There is also more to this story than Rolling Out is reporting (shocking, I know). These same two officers had arrested Hollins a few months earlier, at which time he started out behaving very similarly, but he also went for a gun (which they prevented him from accessing) and put his car into gear as he got out to try to create a very dangerous diversion.

    Bongiovanni should not have punched Hollins, but he might very well have been in fear that Hollins would go for the gun again. McDonald was way out of line in stomping Hollins after he was subdued.

    The police department acted swiftly in firing both officers. This part of the story is a great model of how police conduct should be handled administratively. No rewatching the video for months, but swift decisive action.

    • Oak510finest on April 17, 2017 at 2:05 pm

      Yep, glad they fired those race soldiers posing as cops!!

      • SrAgri on April 17, 2017 at 2:10 pm

        Do you have proof of racist intent? It is likely that they were mad at the thug who tried to pull a gun on them last time they arrested him.

        Please note:
        Your imagined psychic ability does not constitute proof.

        • Oak510finest on April 18, 2017 at 3:51 am

          They are jobless race soldiers now!???

  3. SpiceGirl on April 17, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    bout time they are held accountable for SOMETHING!!