UPDATE: Second Gwinnett County Officer Terminated after Second Video is found on Internet
Update #2, 04/13/17: (Lawrenceville, Georgia) Sergeant Michael Bongiovanni has been terminated from the Gwinnett County Police Department and a second criminal investigation has been launched.During the course of the internal investigation, a second video from a different angle was discovered by police on the internet. The video was contrary to what was reported by Michael Bongiovanni. The video was filmed by a witness and shows the man getting out of the car with both hands up. As he stands with his hands up, Michael Bongiovanni strikes the man in the face.
The revelations uncovered in this entire investigation are shocking. We are fortunate that this second video was found and we were able to move swiftly to terminate a supervisor who lied and stepped outside of his training and state law. Michael Bongiovanni was hired September 1998 and graduated the police academy February 1999.
We acknowledge that the actions of these two officers have implications that will be felt for some time. However, we also believe that our decisive action in terminating both officers speaks volumes about what is expected of each officer that wears a Gwinnett County Police badge.
The following dropbox link provides access to a photo of Michael Bongiovanni. The link will be updated with his personnel records during business hours tomorrow.