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
Lt. Jonathan Josey is in trouble.   (Shutterstock)

(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.

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Observer
Nov 16, 2012 7:10 PM CST
The crowd should have kicked the shit out of this pig. I've seen the video. He cold cocked her as she was walking away. It was assault clearly.
JoeQ
Nov 15, 2012 8:00 PM CST
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Minkey
Nov 15, 2012 5:21 PM CST
I wonder if she was running her mouth taunting the officer thinking she could get away w/ it. Most law enforcement officers are good people all it takes is one bad one to ruin an entire dept.'s rep. I know I've been given "the benefit of the doubt" more times than I can remember when I could have been arrested. Then again I'm not a convicted felon w/ a history of stupid behavior either. I noticed there wasn't any info on the chick. Is she some 400lb assface w/ 15 fatherless children living off the taxpayers in guvmont housing who grew up w/out a father & never graduated junior high school? Until there's a social cleansing (which will never happen) w/ an incurable fast acting terminal illness strategically infecting, NY, Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Miami, Houston, New Orleans, & LA american society will continue to devolve and erode. The biggest & most basic flaw of the criminal justice system is - Not every life is has the same value. Prison is for those which are either so psychologically deranged they must be locked up for life unfortuneatly is largely filled w/ those who can be rehabilitated & are wasting billions of the taxpayer's dollars. A few are innocent.