An Arizona police department launched an investigation into one of its officers after a video revealed him punching a woman during an arrest.
Video revealed Flagstaff, Ariz., officer Jeff Bonar punched a woman straight in the face as he tried to arrest her Wednesday afternoon, reports ABC 15.
Officials confirmed the woman, “who appears somewhat uncooperative was struck in the face by the officer.”
“You cannot arrest me without having a warrant,” the woman said before Bonar punched her.
“Hey, you can’t hit a girl like that!” bystanders yelled. The officer who punched the woman repeatedly commanded the woman to get on the ground.
“Our agency is very concerned by what is depicted in this video. We are immediately initiating an internal investigation into this incident,” police Sgt. Cory Runge with the Flagstaff Police Department said in a statement.
Jimmy Sedillo, the boyfriend of the woman, said they had received an eviction notice last week and needed to be out by Wednesday.
Bonar, along with other officials, came to the house to escort Sedillo and his girlfriend off the property, Sedillo maintained. When Sedillo’s girlfriend came out of the house, Bonar recognized her as having a warrant out for her arrest.
“She had a warrant a few weeks ago. He still assumed she had a warrant,” Sedillo told the Arizona Republic.
The Flagstaff Police Department learned of the video Wednesday evening. Bonar has been placed on administrative leave.
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