Today Gwinnett County Solicitor-General Rosanna Szabo dismissed all cases in which former Officer(s) R. McDonald or M. Bongiovani was the principal officer or a necessary witness. Sixty-three (63) cases were dismissed in Gwinnett County Recorder’s Court and twenty-six (26) cases were dismissed in Gwinnett County State Court.
On April 12, 2017 Officer R. McDonald was captured on video kicking a subdued man in the head. Later, another recording surfaced, showing Sargent M. Bongiovani punching that same man. The actions of these officers completely undermine their credibility and they cannot be relied upon as witnesses in any pending prosecution.
The Solicitor’s Office is the prosecuting authority for misdemeanor cases and traffic offenses in Gwinnett County. Its primary mission is to ensure justice for all Gwinnett citizens. In many cases, justice calls for a conscientious and thorough prosecution. However, when police officers betray the public’s trust and confidence, justice demands that all those cases that depend on their credibility be dismissed without delay.