GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - A Gwinnett County police officer has been fired after video showed him kicking a handcuffed suspect in the head during a traffic stop.
It happened on Wednesday around 4 p.m., at the intersection of Sugarloaf Parkway at Lawrenceville Suwanee Road. According to police, the officer was responding as a backup officer to assist a supervisor with a traffic stop.
In a video taken by a witness stuck in traffic, the handcuffed man, identified as Demetrius Hollins, is seen on the ground as the second officer arrives on the scene and immediately kicks Hollins in the head.
"The cell phone video is very disturbing and it speaks for itself," Gwinnett County police said in a news release Thursday morning.
An ambulance responded to the scene and treated Hollins. In his mugshot released by police, Hollins still had blood on his face from the incident.
Police said Hollins had a broken tail light and resisted arrest. He is facing a number of charges, including driving with a suspended or revoked license, failure to signal, obstruction law enforcement officer and less than an ounce of marijuana.
The department's shift commander said he initiated an immediate investigation after the incident and the officer has been placed on administrative leave. According to the department, the officer's firearm has been seized and he was sent home. He will also not be operating in law enforcement capacity while the case is being investigated.)
Officer Robert McDonald