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Investigation launched after Arizona officer is filmed punching a woman in the face

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz -

A police officer with the Flagstaff Police Department was filmed punching a woman in the face with a closed fist while trying to arrest her. 

The Flagstaff Police Department has identified the officer as Jeff Bonar and says he is on administrative leave while the department conducts an internal investigation. 

The 7-minute video was posted to Facebook on Wednesday and shows Officer Bonar trying to arrest the unidentified woman. 

The woman can be heard saying in the video, "You cannot arrest me," as the officers tell her to stop resisting. 

The video shows the woman and Bonar struggling with each other as she asks to see a warrant. Bonar then punches her in the face with a closed fist. 

"Hey you can't hit a girl like that," someone off camera can be heard saying. 

Bonar then tells the woman she will be tased, while bystanders tell her to "Just let them arrest you" while letting her know they have the incident on camera. 

The Flagstaff Police Department released the following statement on the video:

"On 11-16-16, at approximately 7:30 PM, 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. 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 officer has been identified as Officer Jeff Bonar. He has been placed on administrative leave. An internal affairs investigation is being initiated.

Further details will be released as the investigation progresses."

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