Gwinnett Police Department Sgt. Michael Bongiavonni has been accused of excessive force during a traffic stop. He was the second cop fired on Thursday, April 13, 2017, for the brutal arrest of Demetrius Bryan Hollins, 21. Hollins was arrested during a traffic stop at the intersection of Sugarloaf Parkway and Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road by Bongiavonni and former master police officer Robert McDonald, who was also fired. McDonald was caught on video by a passerby.
A bloodied 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.
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— i Just Be Tweeting™ (@CurtFromDaBlock) April 13, 2017
“I ordered Hollins out of the car. He refused, grabbed his phone and literally started to scream, ‘Help me,’ in the phone,” Bongiavonni wrote in a report.
What Bongiavonni didn’t know was that he was being recorded too.
The duo faces potential criminal charges after the traffic stop of Hollins.