A Georgia police officer has been fired one day after a video emerged showing him kick a handcuff man in the face during an arrest.
Gwinnett County Police said Thursday that Master Police Officer Robert McDonald will also face a criminal investigation, the Gwinnett Daily Post reports.
You can watch the video of the incident, which happened Wednesday at the intersection of Sugarloaf Parkway and Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road near Atlanta, above.
A different officer can be seen pulling the man, Demetrius Hollins, out of a car. He then handcuffs him. McDonald arrives on the scene and runs toward the other officer and Hollins, immediately kicking Hollins in the face as is on the ground in handcuffs.
Police Corporal Deon Washington told the newspaper the video showed “unnecessary and excessive” use of force by McDonald, who had been an officer since 2013.
“Robert McDonald stepped outside of the guiding principles of our agency and as a result of his actions he was terminated less than 24 hours after the incident occurred,” Washington told the newspaper. “The actions by this former officer do not represent the officers of this department who dedicate their lives to serving the community on a daily basis.”
A mugshot released by the Gwinnett County Jail shows Hollins with a bloodied nose and lip:
Hollins, of Lawrenceville, was charged with obstruction of a law enforcement officer, failure to signal, having a suspended or revoked registration, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and driving with a suspended or revoked license.
He was Tasered by the other officer before Hollins arrived at the scene.