06/18/2013

2 Ga. cops lose badges over 'punching' incident

Georgia POST has revoked certification of Officer Brian Thomas and Officer Nicholas Dimauro

By PoliceOne Staff

ATLANTA — Georgia's Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Council has decided to revoke the certification of Officer Brian Thomas and Officer Nicholas Dimauro of the Atlanta Police Department.  

The two officers had been seen on cellphone video punching and kicking a suspect in an incident from April 2013.  

The incident began when Clemmin Davis was pulled over for a traffic violation. When the vehicle’s passengers suddenly fled the vehicle, Davis, allegedly not knowing whether those individuals had left “weapons or drugs or anything in the vehicle” decided to run as well, according to a report by WSB-TV Channel 2 Action News.

Officers apprehended Davis in a wooded area, whereupon a passerby recorded the event on video. 

Officer Thomas resigned during the subsequent investigation, after admitting kicking Davis repeatedly, according to WSB-TV.  Officer Dimauro was fired.

The department had recommended firing Thomas four different times prior to the beating, and Dimauro had multiple previous disciplinary issues during his time with the department.

According to Georgia POST rules, the two officers have 30 days to appeal the revocation of their certification.  

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