Ex-Flagstaff officer who punched woman enters plea to charges

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Jeff Bonar entered a not guilty plea to assault charges on Monday. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Jeff Bonar entered a not guilty plea to assault charges on Monday. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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)
FLAGSTAFF, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

The now-former Flagstaff police officer who was recorded on cell phone video punching a woman in the face pleaded not guilty to two counts of aggravated assault on Monday.

Jeff Bonar entered the plea in front of a Coconino County Superior Court judge. His next court day is scheduled for April 10.

The indictment of the two charges was announced last Wednesday. The case was submitted to the Mohave County Attorney's Office, which got the indictment.

Bonar resigned in January instead of being fired. The 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.

Back in November, Bonar tried to arrest Marissa Morris for an outstanding warrant while authorities were serving an eviction notice. 

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

 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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