A law enforcement officer from Arizona was barred from duty this week, after his superiors uncovered a YouTube video which depicts the officer punching a woman in the face.
It would seem that tension between the police and the community are continuing to rise after a user posted an outrageous video on YouTube. The 7-minute long video shows a law enforcement officer, later identified as Jeff Bonar, punching a young woman in the face for resisting arrest.
Several witnesses were present during the woman’s arrest, including another police officer who assisted Bonar in immobilizing the woman.
Of course, the amateur video could not go unnoticed for too long. Kevin Treadway, Flagstaff’s Chief of Police, declared that he is highly concerned regarding the content of the video and that a criminal investigation is underway.
According to several news agencies, this is what happened during that day. Sometime during the day, two police officers arrived at Marissa Morris’s house in order to apprehend the 30-years old woman.
As the woman was trying to convince the police officers that she isn’t guilty, Bonar attempted to immobilize her. All this time, the woman was shouting at the police officers, saying that they have no warrant for her arrest.
Running out of patience, Bonar punched Morris in the face. The whole scene was filmed by a couple sitting on a porch, not more than a meter or two away from the scene. After Bonar had punched Morris is the face, the cameraman and possible his spouse got up and started yelling at the two police officers.
In the recording’s background, you can clearly hear a person shouting several times : “Hey! You can’t punch a girl like that.”
However, the two officers didn’t give much thought to the people yelling at them and continued to immobilize the woman.
After seeing Bonar punching a woman in the face for resisting arrest, Flagstaff’s police department sent the police officer on administrative leave and started a criminal investigation in his case.
For punching a woman, the police officer may lose his job and will even have to face criminal charges. Since it was posted, the video depicting an Arizona law enforcement officer punching a woman was watched over 60,000 in the last 24 hours.
After Bonar had detained Morris, Flagstaff’s chief of police declared the warrant to be null and released the woman on Thursday morning.
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