Although it’s not clear that there’s a racial angle on this story, the woman you see being punched by a white police officer is probably a Latina.
Whether there is a racial angle or not, the video shows no reason for a cop to punch the woman. Yes, she was arguing and creating a disturbance, but her fit was nonviolent. On the other hand, videos rarely capture the whole story.
The police officer who threw the punch has been suspended and an investigation has been started. The woman says she’s filing a lawsuit. Scroll down for the video.
A police officer has been placed on leave after being filmed punching a woman in the face during an arrest.
In the shocking footage , Arizona cop Jeff Bonar is seen arguing with Marissa Morris outside a house in a residential street – before the officer draws back his fist and lands the sickening blow.
“Hey, hey, you can’t hit a girl like that,” a man is heard saying in the background during the clip, which also features strong language.
Police in Flagstaff became aware of the incident after the video surfaced on social media on Wednesday, police chief Kevin Treadway said.
He told a news conference yesterday: “I am as concerned with what is depicted in this video as I know others are.
“I have heard your concerns and the department is taking this incident very seriously.”
Treadway said separate internal and criminal investigations had been launched into the confrontation.
Bonar, who has been with the Flagstaff Police Department for less than three years, will be on administrative leave until investigations have been completed, the police chief confirmed.
The officer is said to have been assisting with an eviction at about 11am local time when he recognized Morris, whom he believed had outstanding warrants against her.
The situation became heated as Bonar attempted to detain Morris, Treadway said.
The video posted on Facebook showed Bonar, Morris and a deputy near a house, and Morris arguing that she did not have an active warrant.
Bonar is seen punching her in the face, before Morris is ushered into a police car.
Treadway said Bonar wrote in the incident report that Morris had kicked and kneed him in the groin before he hit her.
The police chief also confirmed warrants for Morris failing to appear in court on charges of driving under the influence and resisting arrest had already been served and were no longer valid.
Watch the video. If Bonar is charged with assault and you were on the jury, would you vote guilty or not guilty?
Latest update here. There’s some body cam video at the link.