Two months after a video went viral showing a cop punching a woman in the face while she was being evicted, the officer involved has resigned.
The Jan. 3 resignation of Officer John Bonar came after an independent investigation into the November incident prompted police administrators to recommend firing Bonar, People magazine reported. Prior to his resignation, Bonar had been suspended.
Bonar told investigators that he had falsely believed that the woman facing eviction had a warrant out for her arrest. When she struggled against the cop, he punched her, which Bonar told investigators was meant to distract the woman so he could detain her.
Bonar said that he had not hit the evictee at full force, and defended his behavior.
“It wasn’t a choke, it wasn’t a strike, it was just part of the struggle of me trying to get away from her,” People quotes the policeman as saying in the investigator’s report. He claimed that the woman had kicked him in the struggle.
But other officers who witnessed the incident claimed that Bonar should have used more restraint, and at least one witness disputed that the woman kicked him.