A Georgia police officer was fired one day after authorities say he kicked a handcuffed man in the face.
A shocking video shows Master Police Officer Robert McDonald of the Gwinnett County Police Department appearing to use excessive force on suspect Demetrius Hollins on a major roadway just outside of Atlanta on Wednesday afternoon.
McDonald "stepped outside the guiding principles of our agency," Thursday's statement from the Gwinnett County Police Department said."We do not tolerate actions that are not consistent with our core values or state law."
The police department has also launched a criminal investigation of McDonald's behavior. He was sent home on administrative leave and his department-issued gun was taken.
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The statement emphasizes the video is "very disturbing and speaks for itself" and was "very crucial to the investigation and it confirmed that the force used was unnecessary and excessive."
Hollins appears to have blood on his nose and lip in a booking photo.He faces charges of driving with a suspended or revoked license, operating a vehicle with a suspended or revoked registration, failure to signal, having a brake light that's not in good repair, obstructing a law enforcement officer and having less than an ounce of marijuana.
The video, posted to Facebook by Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta, shows a white officer pulling a black man out of a car and placing him in handcuffs. The man can be heard yelling as the officer hovers over him.
Suddenly, a second officer comes running from the right hand side.
As the first officer observes, the second officer, seemingly unprovoked, stomps the handcuffed man in the face. Both officers then hold the man down before putting him in the backseat of their squad car.
"Stay down," one of the officers can be heard saying.
The violent incident occurred on Sugarloaf Parkway outside Lawrenceville around 5 p.m., according to Maejor Page, the President of Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta.
Page told the Daily News that the maker of the video provided the clip to his organization shortly after the incident occurred.
The video maker charged that "blood splattered everywhere" after the officer landed the kick to the man's face, Page said.
In a statement, Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta praised the dismissal of the officer.
"We are extremely happy that the command staff of the Gwinnett Police Department heard our voices did the noble and honorable thing, and that's to fire this officer and seek criminal charges," read the statement. "We do not want to paint the entire GCPD as a bad group of people, when I know for a fact there a bunch of fine men and women who work for the department with respect, honor and integrity."