ATLANTA (AP) — Charges have been filed against two fired Georgia police officers who authorities say were captured on video kicking and hitting a man during a traffic stop.
Gwinnett County police on Wednesday announced charges against Michael Bongiovanni and Robert McDonald. Each man faces a felony charge of violation of oath of office and a misdemeanor battery charge.
Both were fired April 13, after police said video filmed by witnesses during a traffic stop a day earlier showed Bongiovanni hitting Demetrius Hollins as he stood with his hands up and McDonald stomping on Hollins’ head as he lay on the ground handcuffed.
Attorney Mike Puglise is representing Bongiovanni. Puglise says his client maintains his innocence and plans to vigorously defend himself. It wasn’t clear whether McDonald has a lawyer.
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A man seen in a video being beaten and kicked by security guards at a Delaware hospital says he knew he’d be roughed up when they approached him.
The News Journal reports (http://delonline.us/2pk6iyF ) that 37-year-old Terrance Carter says he was treated at Wilmington Hospital in February after punching a refrigerator.
After tussling with a man he knew at the hospital, Carter says the other man declined to press charges and guards escorted Carter away. He asked why they were being aggressive, but says he “already knew what was going to happen.”
Video obtained by the newspaper shows a man handcuffed to a wall being repeatedly struck while four security officers try to restrain him.
Christiana Care Health System spokeswoman Karen Browne says the officers and two supervisors are no longer employed.
Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., http://www.delawareonline.com
DALLAS (AP) — The woman seen sobbing in a viral video after an American Airlines flight attendant took away her stroller now has a lawyer — the same attorney representing a man dragged off a United Express flight earlier this month.
The Chicago lawyer, Thomas Demetrio, says the American flight attendant was “out of control” and nearly hit one of the woman’s two young children with the stroller.
An American Airlines spokesman said Monday that the company has been in contact with the woman and refunded her tickets and upgraded her to first class for the rest of her trip to Argentina.
The airline says the woman’s doublewide stroller was tagged to be checked as cargo at the door to the plane, but instead she took it into the cabin, leading to the confrontation with the flight attendant.
The airline spokesman said American is still investigating the incident and has grounded the flight attendant. American said in a statement Friday that the scene captured on video “does not reflect our values or how we care for our customers.”
The president of the union representing American’s flight attendants said the employee deserves credit for staying on the plane after being challenged by a male passenger who sided with the woman. The man threatened the employee that he could “knock you flat.” The flight attendant responded by taunting the passenger to hit him.
“Was it the most perfect response? No,” said Bob Ross, president of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, who added that some details of the incident are still unclear. But “he flew that flight with that (male) passenger to Dallas. He had every right to get off.”
Had the employee done so, Ross said, the flight would have been canceled and all the passengers stranded because there were no backup flight attendants in San Francisco.
Ross said he protested the airline’s decision to ground the flight attendant, a veteran employee based in Philadelphia. American and the union declined to identify him.
The incident before a flight from San Francisco to Dallas came two weeks after airport police in Chicago dragged a passenger off a plane after he refused to give up his seat to make room for an airline employee.
Demetrio said that passenger, a 69-year-old Kentucky physician, plans to file a lawsuit. He said it was too soon to know whether the woman on the American Airlines plane would sue.
Video of both events has put airlines on the defensive in the court of public opinion.
“We live in the age of cellphone video, so corporations have to take heed,” Demetrio told NBC-TV.
David Koenig can be reached at http://twitter.com/airlinewriter
HARRISON, Ark. (AP) — A 4-year-old girl fell through the open back door of a moving church bus onto an Arkansas state highway, but was rescued from the road by a volunteer firefighter who happened to be driving behind.
Firefighter Ryan Ciampoli’s dashboard camera recorded the harrowing moment on Wednesday when the door swings open with the girl clinging to it. She quickly falls onto the road and appears immobile.
The bus drives away.
The video shows Ciampoli approaching the girl and gently scooping her up.
Ciampoli later told reporters he normally wouldn’t have moved her due to the nature of her fall, but he was concerned because the accident happened in the middle of a state highway.
The girl’s family told reporters the girl is expected to make a full recovery.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — After spending a year at Madison Square Garden in New York, the MTV Video Music Awards are coming back to the West Coast. The network announced Thursday that the 2017 VMAs will be held Aug. 27 at the Forum in Inglewood, California.
The Forum previously hosted the VMAs in 2014, when Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande and Sam Smith performed.
Nominations for the 2017 VMAs will be announced in July.
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