Ex-Cop Charged with Assault Turns Himself In: Police

The Philadelphia Police Lieutenant caught on video hitting a woman, is charged with simple assault, according to Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams

By David Chang, Jackie Gailey and Karen Araiza
|  Friday, Nov 16, 2012  |  Updated 12:14 PM EDT
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Former Philly Cop Seen Hitting Woman to be Charged

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Josey's Lawyer Says Charges Should Be Dropped

On Thursday, prosecutors announced an assault charge against Jonathan Josey. Josey, a former Philadelphia Police lieutenant, was caught on video hitting a woman during Puerto Rican Day Parade festivities back in September. NBC10's Deanna Durante spoke to Josey's lawyer.

Former Philly Cop Seen Hitting Woman to be Charged

The District Attorney is set to charge former Philadelphia Police Lieutenant Jonathan Josey, after he was caught on camera hitting a woman. It happened during festivities following the Puerto Rican Day Parade.
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The former Philadelphia Police veteran caught on video hitting a woman is charged with simple assault, a second degree misdemeanor, according to Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams.

Internal Affairs says former Police Lieutenant Jonathan Josey showed up early Friday to turn himself in.

Back in October, cell phone video was released showing the former lieutenant hitting a woman at the Festival de la Americas following the Philadelphia Puerto Rican Day Parade on Sept. 30. The video received more than 1.5 million views on YouTube.

The incident happened near 5th and Lehigh Streets in North Philadelphia, after the parade on the Parkway. Parade organizers say they had nothing to do with the North Philadelphia event.

Officials say Aida Guzman of Chester was spraying silly string at officers involved in a traffic stop when she was hit by Josey. Her face was bleeding as officers took her away. Guzman was cited for disorderly conduct but the charge was subsequently dropped.

She doesn't speak much English, but told NBC10 "I feel angry, very angry. I go to someplace, got a good time and look this happen, for no reason". Mayor Michael Nutter apologized to Guzman for the incident days later.

But Guzman's She says she is content with the decision to charge Josey with assault. Her lawyer, Enrique Latoison, told NBC10 Wednesday that Josey never apologized to his client.

Josey was a decorated supervisor with the Highway Patrol -- a 19-year veteran of the force. He was suspended and then fired after the video surfaced.

The Fraternal Order of Police told NBC10 they would defend Josey "to the end." Union president John McNesby cautioned people not to judge the incident by a small clip of video. On Oct. 28, the FOP held a five-hour, $30 per person, fundraiser for the lieutenant.

McNesby claimed he was "disappointed" in Williams' decision to charge Josey with assault.

"There are clearly two sets of rules here in Philadelphia," said McNesby. "One for police officers and one for the community. We don't believe he should be charged. You never see someone arrested for simple assault in the city. Never. It's always a private criminal complaint. Whatever the reasoning is, it is. So we'll deal with it."

McNesby also told NBC10 the FOP still supports Josey and will continue to fight for his job.

Josey made headlines before. He was exonerated in the shooting death of a Philadelphia man shortly after the man robbed a convenience store in Lower Merion in March 2010. In July 2010, Josey was stabbed in the back while trying to break up a fight outside a West Philadelphia bar.

He also was one of the Daily News' Sexy Singles in 2006.

Neither Josey, nor her attorney, returned calls for comment Wednesday.

 


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