Philly Officer Charged for Punching Woman

Jonathan Josey accused of misdemeanor assault

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Nov 15, 2012 3:55 PM CST

(Newser) – The Philadelphia police lieutenant who got fired for punching a woman at a festival was charged today with simple assault, a misdemeanor. District attorney Seth Williams says he made the decision to charge Jonathan Josey after carefully reviewing video of the altercation. Williams says police were responding to a chaotic situation, but the use of force was unnecessary.

Defense attorney Fortunato Perri Jr. says Josey was working in a "very volatile environment" that day. He says the 19-year veteran will be vindicated and hopes to return to his job. The video shows 39-year-old Aida Guzman being struck in the face and falling to the ground, her face bloodied, before being led away in handcuffs.

Lt. Jonathan Josey is in trouble.
Lt. Jonathan Josey is in trouble.   (Shutterstock)
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