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Cop Punches Woman on Video, Triggering Investigation

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A video that appears to show a Flagstaff police officer striking a woman was posted online. (Screengrab from video)

By    |   Thursday, 17 Nov 2016 12:08 PM

A cop was allegedly caught on video punching a woman while making an arrest in Flagstaff, Arizona, and the officer is now under investigation for the incident.

Flagstaff Police Officer Jeff Bonar was placed on administrative leave after a video was posted on the internet allegedly showing him striking while a couple moved from a home because of an eviction notice, The Arizona Republic reported.

Bonar attempted to arrest the woman, identified by The Associated Press as Melissa Morris, on an outstanding warrant

"On (Wednesday) at approximately 7:30 p.m., the Flagstaff Police Department became aware of a Facebook video post of a Flagstaff Police Officer involved in the arrest of an adult female earlier this afternoon," the Flagstaff Police Department said in a statement on Facebook.

"During the arrest the female, who appears somewhat uncooperative was struck in the face by the officer. Our agency is very concerned by what is depicted in this video. We are immediately initiating an internal investigation into this incident," the statement continued.

Jimmy Sedillo told the Arizona Republic that he and Morris, who is his girlfriend, were moving when Bonar struck in while making the arrest. His brother-in-law Danny Paredes, shot the video and shared it on Facebook, the newspaper noted.

"It was just shocking," Paredes told the Republic. "I pulled out my camera immediately."

Sedillo told the newspaper that his children, ages 3 and 9, mother and niece watched Bonar allegedly strike Morris and then tackle her.

"He literally tackled her in front of my mom's house," Sedillo said of the incident, according to The Associated Press. "She weighs maybe 110 pounds, maybe the officer was maybe 220. He went around the whole thing, all wrong."

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