Federal suit names Georgia officers who punched, kicked man

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FILE – This combination of undated photos provided by the Gwinnett County Police Department shows Master Police Officer Robert McDonald, left, and Sgt. Michael Bongiovanni in their official portraits. A man who was punched and kicked in the head by the Georgia police officers during a traffic stop four years ago has filed a lawsuit. It alleges the stop was unjustified and the officers used excessive force against him. Bongiovanni and McDonald were fired a day after the April 2017 traffic stop when video surfaced. (Gwinnett County Police Department via AP)

ATLANTA (AP) — A man who was punched and kicked in the head by Georgia police officers during a traffic stop four years ago has filed suit. The lawsuit alleges the stop was unjustified and that officers used excessive force against him.

Gwinnett County Sgt. Michael Bongiovanni and Officer Robert McDonald were fired a day after the April 2017 traffic stop when video surfaced.

The lawsuit names them, former Gwinnett County police chief Butch Ayers and the county.

Phone numbers for the former officers couldn’t be found.

Ayers said via email that he disagrees with many of the allegations, but cannot comment further because it’s under litigation.

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