Flagstaff police officer who punched woman indicted on assault charges

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Cellphone video shows a Flagstaff police officer punching Marissa Morris in the face. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Cellphone video shows a Flagstaff police officer punching Marissa Morris in the face. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Marissa Morris discusses the incident with reporters. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Marissa Morris discusses the incident with reporters. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
FLAGSTAFF, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

The Flagstaff police officer who was recorded on cell phone video punching a woman in the face has been indicted on two counts of aggravated assault.

The Northern Arizona University Police Department investigated the incident against now-former Officer Jeff Bonar and submitted the case to the Mohave County Attorney's Office. An indictment was then issued for the charges.

Bonar resigned in January after the Flagstaff Police Department found that he violated policies of unreasonable and excessive force and for failing to turn on his body camera and planned to fire him.

[READ MORE: Flagstaff police officer who punched woman has resigned]

The incident happened in November. Authorities were at a Flagstaff residence, serving an eviction notice when Bonar tried to arrest Marissa Morris for an outstanding warrant.

The cell phone video shows Bonar tried to move Morris and she appears to resist until he punches her in the face.

[READ MORE: Caught on Camera: Flagstaff police officer punches woman]

It was later determined that Morris didn't have a warrant.

Morris was arrested for aggravated assault and resisting arrest after the incident. However, no charges were ever filed.

She described Bonar as "aggressive, rude, totally and completely disrespectful."

The Flagstaff Police Department later released body camera video from the officers but it didn't show the punch.

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