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21 Year Old Man is the Victim to a Disturbing Encounter with Police

21 Year Old Man is the Victim to a Disturbing Encounter with Police

Demetrius Hollins, a 21-year old man has had run-ins with the police before, but his latest was the worst. He talks of getting punched and kicked in the head repeatedly by Officer Michael Bongiovanni of the Georgia Police. This disturbing incidence took place along a busy suburb road in Atlanta Georgia.

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The young man was stopped on April 12, 2017 for lack of license plates on his car. He says that the plates were on his back seat and upon recognizing Officer Bongiovanni from an August 2016 police check, he started reaching for his phone. The officer then shouted to him, “You will not make any phone calls. Nobody is going to know about this!”

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From the look of his split lip and bleeding nose, Demetrius Hollins had had it rough with the officer. He was trying to reach the phone so that he could film this incidence with the Gwinnett County Police Officers but was immediately told that he will not get the video nor call his mom. Luckily, other motorists captured the whole incidence on video.

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In the video, Hollins is seen getting out of his vehicle with his hands raised, showing that he was ready to obey police commands but as soon as he was out of the car, Officer Bongiovanni started hitting him on the head. After this, he removed a Taser gun and used it on him. Now why would an officer Taser someone who was not resisting arrest?

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Hollins thought he was just going to be handcuffed but that was not the case. Even after he was lying face down another footage shows another officer, identified as Robert McDonald, running to him and stomping on his head.

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In a later interview, Hollins talks of being “literally assaulted” by police officers. He said that after watching the video footage taken by other drivers, he was aghast that such police excesses could be visited upon any other human being.

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After the video footage came out showing Officer McDonald stomping on Hollins’ head, the Gwinnett County Police Chief Butch Ayers asked the officer to explain himself and once he admitted to the actions, he was fired. Much later, another video surfaced showing Officer Bongiovanni’s role in the incident. Unfortunately, he was not remorseful, feeling that the use of force was justified. He was nevertheless was fired too.

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The assault by the police and hiding the truth is best captured by the report that the two officers filed. In it, they claim that Hollins had refused to get out of the vehicle but the video shows otherwise. The report also conveniently leaves out the details of the violence visited on Hollins. However, the police chief owns up saying that the omission amounted to “fabrication of truth”.

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The initial charges filed against by the two officers included driving a vehicle without license plates, carrying an ounce of marijuana and obstructing law officers have been dropped. Thanks to the use of cellphone footage, the officers will soon be facing criminal charges.

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The unfortunate behavior of Officers Bongiovanni and McDonald has led to the questioning of 89 other unrelated criminal cases in which the officers were involved either as the arresting officers or as a witnesses. What this means is that real criminals may be let off the hook because of a case of “cops behaving badly”.

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The credibility of the police force continues to be put to question when officers do not operate within the tenets of law. It is one thing to apprehend a suspect resisting arrest forcefully and another to violently beat up a suspect that has already given himself up. Cops have to respect the law they swore to protect!

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