Dozens of cases dismissed, reviewed after Ga. cops fired over UOF incident
The solicitor general dismissed 89 cases where Officers Robert McDonald and Michael Bongiovanni were a principal officer or a main witness
By PoliceOne Staff
GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — Eighty-nine cases were dismissed and more are under review following the termination of two officers who were seen on video kicking and punching a driver in the head during an April 12 traffic stop.
On Friday, Gwinnett County Solicitor General Rosanna Szabo dismissed cases where Officers Robert McDonald and Michael Bongiovanni were either a principal officer or a main witness, the New York Times reported.
Gwinnett County DA Danny Porter said in an email to the Times that nearly 40 felony cases where the officers were involved in some way are being reviewed as well.
Prosecutors began reviewing the cases shortly after video of McDonald and Bongiovanni using force on Demetrius B. Hollins, 21, during the traffic stop went viral.
When “officers betray the public’s trust and confidence, justice demands that all those cases that depend on their credibility be dismissed without delay,” she said in a statement.
The Gwinnett County Police Department said McDonald, 25, displayed “unnecessary and excessive” force and Bongiovanni, 41, lied.
Bongiovanni’s lawyer Mike Puglise told the New York Times the officer “followed protocol to de-escalate the situation.” He is currently deciding if they will appeal the termination.
A criminal investigation has been launched into both officers’ actions by the department.