Philly Police Officer Who Punched Woman At Parade Charged - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

Philly Police Officer Who Punched Woman At Parade Charged

Posted: Updated:
PHILADELPHIA -

Philadelphia prosecutors have charged a police lieutenant caught on video punching a woman while responding to a disturbance at a Puerto Rican Day parade in September.

Jonathan Josey, who has been fired, was charged Thursday with simple assault, a misdemeanor.

District Attorney Seth Williams says he made the decision after carefully reviewing the video, which went viral on the Internet. Williams says police were responding to a chaotic situation, but the use of force was unnecessary.

Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey says he supports the decision. A message left with Josey's attorney was not immediately returned.

The 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. A disorderly conduct charge against her was later withdrawn.

Josey's attorney, on the other hand, says his client will be vindicated.

Defense attorney Fortunato Perri Jr. says Josey was working in a "very volatile environment" that day. He says the 19-year veteran hopes to return to his job.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • 1 Female Employee Dead, Multiple People Injured From Shooting At Darby Wellness Center

    1 Female Employee Dead, Multiple People Injured From Shooting At Darby Wellness Center

    Thursday, July 24 2014 4:16 PM EDT2014-07-24 20:16:53 GMT
    We are following breaking news in Darby, Pa. where one person is dead and multiple people are injured from a shooting at a Wellness Center.
    We are following breaking news in Darby, Pa. where one person is dead and multiple people are injured from a shooting at a Wellness Center.

  • Arrest Made In Fatal Camden Hit And Run

    Arrest Made In Fatal Camden Hit And Run

    Thursday, July 24 2014 11:45 AM EDT2014-07-24 15:45:20 GMT
    Surveillance Footage: Camden County Police DepartmentSurveillance Footage: Camden County Police Department

    According to the Camden County Prosecutor's Office Facebook page an arrest has been made in the fatal hit and Run that took place Saturday night.

    According to the Camden County Prosecutor's Office Facebook page an arrest has been made in the fatal hit and Run that took place Saturday night.

  • CLOUDS TO SUN THURSDAY

    Thursday, July 24 2014 9:52 AM EDT2014-07-24 13:52:31 GMT

    Thursday, early clouds will lead to afternoon sun as highs today remain in the mid 80s. 

    Thursday: H-85 L-72

    Thursday, early clouds will lead to afternoon sun as highs remain in the mid 80s. We stay dry Friday with lower humidity and sunny skies. We warm back up near 90 for the weekend with unsettled weather returning by late Saturday.

    Thursday: H-85 L-72

    Friday: H-86 L-65

    This Weekend

    Saturday: H-88 L-64

    Sunday: H-91 L-73

Powered by WorldNow

WTTG FOX 5 & myfoxdc
5151 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
Main Number: (202) 244-5151
Newsroom: (202) 895-3000
fox5tips@wttg.com

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices