Video shows Arizona cop punching woman in face

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A Flagstaff police officer has been placed on administrative leave after a video showing him punching a woman in the face surfaced Wednesday on Facebook, according to a police spokesman.

In the video, which originally surfaced on Facebook, the Flagstaff police officer, who has now been identified as Jeff Bonar, can be seen striking an unidentified woman in the face with a closed fist.

Flagstaff police said they would release further details "as the investigation progresses".

The 7-minute video shows the woman interacting with Bonar and another officer as they attempt to place her under arrest.

"Hey, you can't hit a girl like that!" bystanders yelled. The couple were getting evicted and several officers, including Bonar, were observing, Sedillo said. By that time, the footage had spent some time circulating around social media.

The scene was caught on cell phone video. She is eventually placed in a squad auto. "We are immediately initiating an internal investigation into this incident", police Sgt. Cory Runge with the Flagstaff Police Department said in a statement.

In the aftermath of the damning video of the incident, Officer Bonar has reportedly been suspended.

Sedillo told the station he and his girlfriend, Marissa Morris, were moving their belongings across the street when at some point, an officer tried to arrest Morris on a warrant. "He still assumed she had a warrant". She says, "You can not arrest me until I know I have a warrant".

There was no word on what prompted the arrest, but Arizona Republic reported that it spoke with a man who identified the woman as his girlfriend and that police indicated she faced an arrest warrant.

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