Viral ‘parade punch’ video star ex-Lt. Jonathan Josey found not guilty

Jonathan Josey
YouTube. A still from the viral video in which officers take 39-year-old Aida Guzman into custody following a punch from Lt. Jonathan Josey.

Judge Patrick Dugan found former Philadelphia police Lt. Jonathan Josey not guilty of simple assault today during a non-jury trial. Josey was dismissed from the police force in October after he was recorded on a cell phone camera striking 39-year-old Chester woman Aida Guzman in the face. District Attorney Seth Williams charged Josey the next month.

“I respect Judge Dugan’s decision, but I disagree with it,” Williams said in a statement responding to today’s ruling. “Let’s be clear there were no winners on that day in September.”

The video, which was shot on Sept. 30 during a Puerto Rican Day Parade celebration at 5th Street and Lehigh Avenue, was uploaded to YouTube and quickly went viral. Prosecutors said Josey was investigating a car that was creating hazardous roadway conditions when he punched the woman.

Josey claimed before the court that he accidentally struck Guzman while trying to swat from her hand a beer bottle she allegedly refused to put down. Guzman was originally charged with disorderly conduct for the incident. Those charges were soon dropped and Mayor Michael Nutter issued the woman an apology.

Nutter said during a news conference in October that he was “ashamed” and “sickened” by the behavior Josey showed on tape. “The conduct seen on this video is particularly appalling and not the kind of conduct the Philadelphia Police Department expects from anyone, especially anyone in a supervisory position,” he said. Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said the video “deeply troubled” him. “From what I saw, it’s difficult to justify the actions that took place,” he said.

Josey will reportedly attempt to get his job back following today’s ruling. “While I believe Jonathan Josey was guilty of simple assault, this is not the time to dwell on that and I hope as a community we can move past this,” Williams said.

“As I said three months ago when Jonathan Josey was arrested, my job as District Attorney is to ensure that we only charge the right people with only the correct charges – nothing more, nothing less. It doesn’t matter if you are a doctor, lawyer, Monsignor of a church, police officer or bus driver – justice demands that we apply our laws fairly. Ultimately, the final decision was in Judge Dugan’s hands and I respect his ruling.”



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Police seek man accidentally released a year early…

Cops are keeping an eye out for a Bronx man who was reportedly let out of Rikers Island a year before his released date.

National

Pioneers for domestic violence push on

Reporter was commissioned to write this in-depth article. Two decades have passed since the O.J. Simpson trial captivated the country. But in the 20 years…

Local

Newest java joint in bastion of hipness is…

Little may represent the change the neighborhood is undergoing right now like the arrival of the first Starbucks. The chain which is ubiquitous in Manhattan, opened a Williamsburg store at…

National

Black and white are the new orange at…

By Brendan O'Brien(Reuters) - Black and white are the new orange in a Michigan county where the sheriff has made a wardrobe change for jail…

Music

Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks more accessible than Animal…

Believe it or not, Avey Tare — the man in the mustachioed mask pictured here in the pool of blood — may have made the poppiest music of his career.

Entertainment

‘The Leftovers’ recap: Season 1, Episode 4, ‘B.J.…

Last week’s episode of “The Leftovers” was apparently a fluke, because this week’s episode returns to focusing on the Garveys and it is so boring.…

Movies

Interview: Luc Besson says 'Lucy' is very different…

Filmmaker Luc Besson talks about his new film "Lucy," how it's different than "Limitless" and his crazy first conversation with Egyptian actor Amr Waked.

Music

Weezer releases first new song since 2010

Weezer releases "Back to the Shack," their first new song in almost six years.

NFL

'Vicktory dogs' travel road to rehabilitation seven years…

Of the dozens of dogs groomed by Bad Newz Kennels, 48 were rescued and 22 of the pit bull terriers have emerged at Best Friends Animal Society.

MLB

Yankees looking at trade for Cliff Lee, according…

Yankees looking at trade for Cliff Lee, according to report

NFL

Giants lineman Chris Snee to retire: Reports

The Giants report to training camp on Tuesday, but Chris Snee may not be there when they do.

NBA

Carmelo Anthony talks about his charity work in…

As he is used to doing every year, NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony is going to visit Puerto Rico to do work for his foundation.

Tech

RocketSkates let users roll with a motor

Los Angeles company Acton has raised funds on Kickstarter to roll out a nifty alternative – motor-powered "RocketSkates."

Tech

Knicks star Carmelo Anthony becomes a tech entrepreneur

He's been an All-Star, an Olympian, and a celebrity spokesperson. Now NBA player Carmelo Anthony is adding the position "tech entrepreneur" to his resume. Along…

Tech

Ulises 1 is the world's first singing satellite

A group of artists and engineers in Mexico have unveiled Ulises 1, the world's first opera-singing satellite.

Home

Wallscape on a budget

Skip the wallpaper and ombre an accent wall instead.