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Arizona police officer seen punching woman on camera resigns

Jan 4, 2017, 4:51 PM | Updated: Jan 5, 2017, 11:13 am

PHOENIX — An Arizona police officer who was caught on tape punching a woman in the face resigned Wednesday morning, the Flagstaff police chief said.

“(Jeff) Bonar’s conduct is not reflective of the way we police this community,” Flagstaff Police Chief Kevin Treadway said at a press conference to announce Bonar’s resignation.

A disciplinary board recommended Bonar be terminated from the department. He was scheduled to meet with Treadway on Wednesday after noon to review the board’s findings, but submitted his resignation beforehand.

Treadway said county officials are still mulling charges against Bonar. He was placed on administrative leave after video of the incident was posted online.

Bonar was seen punching the woman in a November video that was shared widely on social media. Treadway said Bonar violated at least six Flagstaff police policies — including displaying excessive force — during the incident.

“We have policies in place and hold our people accountable,” Treadway said.

Bonar was helping the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office with an eviction when he recognized the woman, Marissa Morris.

Bonar was involved with a call related to Morris in October and believed she still had outstanding warrants. He wanted to detain her to check and the situation became heated.

“After her arrest, it was determined that the warrants had already been served and were no longer valid,” Treadway said at a November press conference.

Bonar, who was with another officer, and Morris, whom authorities described as “somewhat uncooperative,” had exchanged words before he hit her. Treadway said Bonar reported Morris had kicked and kneed him prior to the punch.

Morris was charged with aggravated assault and resisting arrest.

Bonar was wearing a body camera, but it was not turned on. He had no prior incidents in a 3-year career with the department.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Arizona police officer seen punching woman on camera resigns