A former Flagstaff police officer who punched a woman last fall has been indicted by a Coconino County Grand Jury. The panel last Thursday formally charged Jeff Bonar, 28, with two counts of aggravated assault.
The Northern Arizona University police department in Flagstaff conducted an independent investigation of the incident after a video of the November 16 encounter between Bonar and Marissa Morris went viral. Bonar and a sheriff’s deputy were conducting an eviction compliance check when Bonar attempted to arrest Morris for outstanding warrants.
Bonar claimed he reacted after Morris tried to kick or knee him. NAU police sergeant Mike O’Hagan said Bonar inappropriately struck Morris twice.
“It does not appear that the level of force used in this case is reasonable, or immediately necessary to make the arrest,” O’Hagan said in his report following his review of the matter.
The Mohave County Attorney’s office will prosecute the case, given conflicts with personnel and law enforcement agencies in Flagstaff. The case has been assigned to Jace Zack, who is serving as a special prosecutor after retiring from the county attorney’s office in Kingman last year.
Zack said Bonar is scheduled to appear for arraignment in Kingman next Monday.