Philly Officer Who Hit Woman at Parade Acquitted

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  • PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former Philadelphia police lieutenant who was videotaped punching a woman after a Puerto Rican Day parade was acquitted of simple assault Tuesday, two weeks after a judge heard testimony from the officer in which he said he had been trying to knock a bottle from her hand.

    Municipal Judge Patrick Dugan found Jonathan Josey not guilty of the second-degree misdemeanor, which was filed in November after prosecutors said they had carefully reviewed video of the altercation. The incident happened as police were responding to a raucous situation at a street party in north Philadelphia in September. Authorities said a driver had been causing a disruption, doing doughnuts with his vehicle, and some people were throwing water, shouting epithets and shooting “silly string” at police, trying to restore order.

    Video shows 39-year-old Aida Guzman being struck in the face and falling to the ground, her face bloodied, and then being led away in handcuffs. Josey, a veteran supervisor, was later fired.

    At a one-day, nonjury trial before Dugan earlier this month, Josey testified he thought Guzman had thrown beer on him. He said he told her to put down the bottle and then swung in an attempt to knock it from her hand. Guzman has said she didn’t throw any liquid, but she did shoot aerosol string into the crowd.

    An attorney for Guzman, Enrique Latoison, said he and his client were shocked by the ruling. “She feels like she got beat on again,” Latoison said, adding that Josey’s actions after hitting Guzman were not those of someone who did something by accident.

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    3 thoughts on “Philly Officer Who Hit Woman at Parade Acquitted

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    3. The judge was wrong on this one. For those that viewed the video, it clearly shows that the woman DID NOT throw water on Jonathan Josey. I don’t know what video the judge looked at, but the video I veiwed clearly shows another person tossing water. The lady just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time when the guy threw the water. Mayor Nutter had it right when he apologized.

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