THE TREND OF ASSAULTING BLACK MOTORISTS HAS COME TO GWINNETT
The horrendous trend of police officers assaulting black males has come to Gwinnett County. On April 12th , Demetrius Hollins was assaulted by officer Robert McDonald and Sgt. Michael Bongiovanni. Sgt. Bongiovanni punched Mr. Hollins in the face while exiting his vehicle with his hands in the air. When officer Robert McDonald arrived on the scene he stomped Mr. Hollins in the face while laying on the ground in handcuffs. A few days later another video surfaced illustrating Sgt. Bongiovanni assaulting another black motorist on the side of the road. Both officers were fired for the unnecessary use of force. However, with all the issues between black communities and law enforcement one would think Gwinnett county police department would be more careful.
“In the second video of Sgt. Bongiovanni assaulting another black motorists, the question is how many times has Sgt. Bongiovanni assaulted black motorists? And, why didn’t GCDP reprimand him for it?”
Within a few days, a second video emerges of Sgt. Bongiovanni assaulting another black motorists. Now the question is how many times has Sgt. Bongiovanni assaulted black motorists? And, why didn’t Gwinnett county police department reprimand him for it? As a resident of Gwinnett, we are a diverse county being governed by an all-white minority. Commissioners seats, to legal representation in our courts and police department, Gwinnett similar to Ferguson is not represented by local officials who make up the diverse citizens in the county. I am sure assaulting black motorists or citizens in the county has occurred more than once and was covered up by people in the hierarchy of Gwinnett county government.
“(Yes, I know the Sheriff department is separate from the Gwinnett police department).”
Recap: In 2014 Sheriff Butch Conway stated Black Lives Matter was a terrorist organization. Really! (yes, I know the Sheriff department is separate from the Gwinnett police department). The point is anyone serving in any law enforcement capacity needs to have some level of common sense and understand the issues between black communities and law enforcement. Additionally, not just the GCDP (Gwinnett County Police Department), any other police department and their officers should cautious when interacting with black motorists.
We have witnessed in the last 7 years the tensions between both black communities and law enforcement rise, and some officers not being held accountable for their actions. It is upsetting this took place in my home and those who we pay our tax dollars to protect and serve does not do so for the black community-my community and my peoples.
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