Oh, now after 4-5 months, the former Philadelphia Police officer, Jonathan Josey, who cold-cocked a lady during Philadelphia’s Puerto Rican Day parade, says that he was just trying to take a bottle of Corona beer from her hand.
What a total crock of shit! He meant to hit the lady in the face, and deserves every bit of castigation
he has received.
Police officers can be the most dangerous criminals around, and it’s good that this piece of trash, Josey, no longer wears a badge!
The former officer’s story is not the slightest bit believable, and he did lose his job over it, but he probably should have spent some time in jail as well for his violent assault of an innocent citizen.
The seconds-long video clearly shows former Philadelphia Police Lt. Jonathan Josey stride after Aida Guzman during a chaotic incident at a street party after last September’s Puerto Rican Day parade.
And it clearly shows Josey, a 40-year-old decorated 19-year veteran of the department, swing at Guzman and the 40-year-old mother of three fall to the ground.
But was it an assault or a misguided attempt by Josey to knock an open beer bottle out of Guzman’s hand after members of the crowd threw glass beer bottles at police?
What appeared clear enough to charge Josey with simple assault, and for Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey to fire him, was not enough for Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Patrick F. Dugan.
Saying he “needed more time to digest this,” Dugan said he would announce his verdict on Feb. 26.
Dugan’s announcement after a three-hour nonjury trial, brought groans and sighs from a courtroom packed to standing with police officers, many in the distinctive leather the elite Highway Patrol where Josey was a lieutenant.
Josey was charged and fired after video of the Sept. 30 incident at Fifth Street and Lehigh Avenue went viral.
Even Josey, fighting back tears on the witness stand, told Dugan that “the video looks disturbing. But obviously, it’s not what it appears to be.”
Josey testified that he thought Guzman had thrown beer on him and other officers although he also admitted he didn’t see her do it. Josey said he approached Guzman from behind as she walked away and tried to “swipe” the bottle of Corona beer from her hand.
“I was kind of shocked when I saw her go to the ground,” Josey testified. “I didn’t expect to come into contact with her face or anything else.”
Guzman, who sustained a cut lip and elbow and a sore back and neck, watched the video played in court, and testified that she never threw beer although she admitted shooting a can of “silly string” over the crowd.
Guzman, testifying through a Spanish interpreter, said she herself was splashed with beer and decided to leave. As she walked away, she testified, she was suddenly knocked to the ground and heard a voice say, “That’s what you get for throwing liquid, water, at police.”
Josey issued Guzman a citation for disorderly conduct but the District Attorney’s office, after reviewing the video from the incident, dismissed the charge against Guzman and instead charged Josey with simple assault.
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