VIDEO: Arizona officer punches woman in the face

This image is taken from video that shows an AZ police officer punching a woman in the face. (Image: NBC News)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariza. (NBC NEWS) – An Arizona police officer is under investigation after video surfaced of him punching a woman in the face.

It happened Wednesday afternoon in Flagstaff.

The officer and another man who appeared to be a police officer were attempting to arrest the woman when the camera started rolling.

She told them multiple times that they did not have a warrant for her arrest and she struggled with them as they tried to handcuff her.

Then the officer punched her.

People who were watching the arrest yelled at the officer before they were able to arrest the woman and put her in the back of a police car.

The flagstaff police department says it’s beginning an internal investigation into the incident immediately. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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