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Raleigh TV station: Officer resigns after arrest video surfaces

Raleigh's Channel 11 reported late last week that a police officer resigned after video surfaced that showed him punching a woman in the face while he was arresting her. Officials said the officer had committed at least six department policy violations.

The Arizona officer was caught on video during the incident that occurred late last year, the ABC affiliate reports.

In the video, the woman can be heard asking if there is a warrant for her arrest and telling the officer that she has done nothing wrong. Officer Jeff Bonar of the Flagstaff Police Department then struck the woman.

She then began crying. Bonar and another officer continued with the arrest, with one of the two officers telling her that she would be tased and that she should get on the ground.

The officer claimed the woman struck him with her knee. If that blow was struck, it happened before the recording began, according to a report by an Arizona newspaper. The officer reportedly responded to the blow by twice hitting the woman with his fist; a response that a police report said was neither timely nor appropriate.

Most police officers are good civil servants who treat the public with respect as they carry out their often difficult duties. But it is undeniably true that there are officers who use excessive force, ignore search and seizure procedures, make arrests based on flimsy or nonexistent evidence and so on.

If you face serious charges, you can speak with a Raleigh defense attorney experienced in helping prosecutors and courts fully understand the circumstances of your arrest. Contact Dysart Willis to schedule an appointment with a member of our skilled legal team.