What we know about the fired Gwinnett County police officer

He was fired from the Gwinnett County Police Department Thursday.

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. --Gwinnett County Police have released the personnel files of the officer fired after he was captured on camera kicking a handcuffed man.

According to the Gwinnett County Police Department, Master Police Officer Robert McDonald was identified as the officer seen in the video, which was taken Wednesday around 4 p.m.

McDonald was hired in August 2013, and graduated from the police academy in March 2014, authorities said.

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A look inside McDonald's personnel files:

Police released McDonald's files after announcing his termination on Thursday. 

There were seven incidents listed in McDonald's "Concise Officer History", including two connected with Wednesday's traffic stop.

McDonald was involved in three "use of force" incidents, including Wednesday's.

In the first, which happened April 19, 2015, McDonald was assisting another officer in an aggravated domestic dispute call. Another officer deployed her Taser on a man who was allegedly not responding to verbal commands. McDonald placed his knee in the man's back while other officers handcuffed him.

In the second incident, which took place on September 15, 2016, McDonald deployed his Taser on the passenger of a vehicle who was allegedly attempting to flee the scene after being pulled over on a traffic stop. The suspect received a cut to his face as he fell to the ground.

The third incident was Wednesday. Click here to read details. Police said, "What happened yesterday was clearly outside of state law and department policy. We do not tolerate actions that are not consistent with our core values or state law."

Since being hired, McDonald was involved in two vehicle accidents. He was found "not at fault" in a May 2014 accident, and no action was taken. However, he was found to be at fault in a July 2015 accident in which his vehicle rear-ended a teenage driver's vehicle. In his incident report, McDonald claimed that the teen driver came to a sudden stop and didn't a turn signal. The Safety Review Board found that McDonald was following too closely, and he lost his "good driving record". He also lost the privilege of taking his vehicle home.

McDonald scored very well in his most recent performance evaluation, which was released in August 2016. Out of 18 performance indicators, McDonald was rated as "often exceeds expectations" in 12 categories. In the other six, he was listed as "generally meets expectations."

McDonald received a "Good Conduct 3 years" ribbon in 2016, which is awarded to "those who have exhibited good conduct for a three-year period with no disciplinary actions (excluding auto accidents and verbal counseling)."

A criminal investigation has been launched into the incident that led to McDonald's termination. 

As a result of the termination of McDonald and Bongiovanni, some 89 cases involving the two officers were dismissed by the Gwinnett County Solicitor General's Office. These cases included both cases involving Demetrius Hollins, the victim in Wednesday evening's traffic stop.

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