“The Flagstaff police officer seen punching a woman in the face in a video that circulated on social media in November resigned Wednesday after the department recommended he be fired.
The resignation comes the day after the Northern Arizona University Police Department forwarded its investigation into Jeff Bonar, the officer on the video, to the Mohave County Attorney’s Office, which will review the investigation and determine if Bonar should face criminal charges for his actions.
The report, written by Mike O’Hagan, a sergeant in the NAU Police Department, said Marissa Morris, who Bonar and Coconino County Sheriff’s Deputy Joel Winchester were attempting to detain, was not showing “active aggression” or “aggravated active aggression” as the officers attempted to detain her.
The incident occurred in November when Bonar and Winchester were at Morris and her boyfriend’s home on East Blizzard Way to ensure the two were complying with an eviction notice.
According to a report filed at the time, Bonar recognized Morris because she had warrants out for her arrest in non-violent cases. Records show Bonar attempted to arrest Morris on the warrants, which had already been settled at an earlier date and were no longer outstanding.
“It does not appear that the level of force used in this case is reasonable, or immediately necessary to make the arrest,” O’Hagan wrote. “Since Officer Bonar’s first closed fist strike does not come immediately after an aggressive action of Morris, it is not timely, nor is it appropriate for the situation.”
Flagstaff Police Chief Kevin Treadway said the department’s internal affairs investigation found six policy violations against Bonar, the majority regarding excessive use of force.
“The level of resistance by Miss Morris during this incident did not warrant the head strikes used by Officer Bonar,” Treadway said.
Treadway said Bonar also violated policy by not activating his body camera.
“I find no excuse for him not activating his camera and it is a clear violation of our policies,” Treadway said.”
What a dirtbag
He certainly made sure that his body camera was turned off
But in the end it didn’t matter
He still got recorded anyway
Make sure that any interaction you might have with LEO is recorded
If not it is your word against theirs
And remember, they are “Sworn officers of the court” and their testimony is given the weight of truth