GEORGIA POLICE OFFICERS FIRED AFTER STOMPING BLACK MAN IN THE FACE, CRIMINAL CHARGES LIKELY

What began with an attempted traffic stop ended some 26 hours later with two Gwinnett County police officers fired for stomping and punching a black motorist.

The brutal encounter, captured on separate cell phone videos, left the county – the most diverse in the state – reeling on Thursday. Both officers are white.

“The revelations uncovered in this entire investigation are shocking,” Gwinnett police said in a statement released late Thursday.

The dizzying chain of events began shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday when Gwinnett police Sgt. Michael Bongiovanni tried to initiate a traffic stop near Sugarloaf Parkway and Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road. The driver, Demetrius Bryan Hollins, did not have a license plate and changed lanes multiple times without signaling, according to an incident report. Hollins’ did not immediately pull over, but his car eventually stalled out. Bongiovanni was joined at the scene by Master Police Officer Robert McDonald.

A cell phone video posted on Twitter soon after the stop showed McDonald stomping on Hollins’ head as he ran up to the scene. Hollins was handcuffed and prone at the time.

Moving quickly, police fired McDonald Thursday afternoon.

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