Philadelphia Cop Caught on Video Apparently Hitting Woman

Philadelphia is investigating the incident against a veteran cop who has had earlier complaints from citizens.

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A Philadelphia police officer is under investigation after a video of him apparently striking a woman and knocking her to the ground near the route of a parade went viral on YouTube.

The Philadelphia Inquirer identified the man as highway patrol supervisor Jonathan Josey II, 39, a 19-year veteran of the department. Josey was captured in the 36-second video, taken Sunday at a street party following the city’s Puerto Rican Day Parade, appearing to hit Aida Guzman, also 39, of Chester, Pa., a domestic worker. The woman was charged with disorderly conduct, accused of throwing water at a group of officers which seems to have included Josey.

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The video however, shows an unidentified man throwing the water which draws the attention of Josey — who then follows Guzman, who happens to have a bottle of water in her hand. After she walks away from the officers, he hits her with his right fist, knocking her to the ground, and then puts her in handcuffs and leads her off as her mouth bleeds.

Guzman maintained that she didn’t throw anything at the officer, a claim the video seems to support. Her daughter, Kay, who translated Guzman’s statements from Spanish, said the woman did not deserve such treatment from the 6-foot-3, 215 pound officer. “If she did it or if she didn’t, he had no right to hit her like that,” Kay Guzman told the Inquirer. “The video says everything. We are angry.”

“We’re just trying to get our arms around what happened in the response, beyond that, the rest is under investigation,”  Deputy police commissioner Richard Ross told WPVI. “We do not know whether there’s something prior to that that would appear to justify [Josey's] actions or after that, but right now, what we saw was a little disturbing.” The department has placed him on desk duty pending the investigation.

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Rochelle Bilal, president of the Guardian Civic League, an organization comprised of Philadelphia’s African American police officers, told the newspaper she could not speak much about the incident because the investigation is still open. But Bilal expressed dismay at what was depicted. “What I’ve seen is not what I would like any police officer to do to anyone,” she said. “I don’t know what the investigation is going to reveal . . . but to me, that behavior is deplorable.”

Josey himself has served as vice president of the Guardian Civic League, the Inquirer said. He was also honored for preventing a robbery in which he fatally shot a man who was pulling a gun from his waistband. But he has also racked up as many as 13 citizen complaints by people who claimed he had abused them in some way. All the accusations were determined to be unfounded.

The city also paid $7,500 in 2007 after another incident in which Josey was found to have punched, kicked and thrown a man against a wall. He was also stabbed while intervening in a fight between two women and an off-duty female officer. One woman was convicted and sentenced to 9 to 20 years in prison.

In an opinion piece written in 2010 for the Philadelphia Daily News on police brutality, Josey criticized the critics of Philadelphia police.

“It never fails that any time a Philadelphia police officer uses deadly force during the course of his duties, along come the cries of outrage from the neighborhood,” he wrote. “When an officer shoots someone, witnesses come out of the woodwork, but when reckless hoodlums lay siege to these same streets, nobody sees a thing.”

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21 comments
L J
L J

"APPARENTLY" HITTING A WOMAN????  SHAME TIME>

HE PUNCHED HER IN THE FACE FROM BEHIND.

This is an OPEN AND SHUT CASE of EXCESSIVE FORCE.

She was not a threat.

She could have been detained WITH NO FORCE.

And the other officers who witnessed this WERE IN DERELICT OF DUTY for not ARRESTING THE OFFICER FOR ASSAULT.

Makes me want to vomit.

O_Pinion
O_Pinion

Gee, a black cop beating up a white woman. Wonder what Rodney King would make of that?

Arturo Cantante
Arturo Cantante

Mayor Nutter, this officer should be dismissed from the police force. No

matter what the unarmed woman may have done, she did not deserve being

hit by the out-of-control cop. Again I repeat that I am afraid to enter

Philadelphia, if not because I'm afraid of being shot on the street, but

also because the cops have anger issues. 

Brian Hadley
Brian Hadley

This police officer should be charged with assault. Strip his gun, shield and pension. Clearly anger management issues. LOSER! 

Isolde Maddox
Isolde Maddox

An officer of the law has to be above this sort of behavior.  If he doesn't have the mature, self-discipline to not over react, then he has no business as a police officer    It appears that Josey doesn't and his history of complaints bears this out.  The PPD need's to take a hard look at him and see if he qualifies as a protector or an abuser.

Bernard L. Eastman
Bernard L. Eastman

Clearly the woman did nothing to provoke this assault causing bodily harm. Even if she, or somebody else had thrown water on a police officer, assault causing bodily harm is totally inappropriate. If this goes on often in Philadelphia, it would be a good idea to avoid visiting that City. 

1nameme
1nameme

This is clearly an officer who has an attitude problem, who committed a criminal attack on an innocent woman simply because he can't control his own rage. Philly has an extremely poor reputation for dealing with such officers, but this one belongs in jail. One can only hope he ends up there.

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iphonereleasenet

WOW. The woman did nothing. Forget investigation the tape proves everything. He should have been arrested in throw in prison to rot. 

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John Digiacomo
John Digiacomo

well, it clearly shows her not doing anything and then he punchs her.  most of the time i will side with the cop, since it's hard to second guess them when they do their jobs.  but this is not acceptable from a civilian, much less a police officer. 

Bonnie_N_Clyde
Bonnie_N_Clyde

Mayor Nutter will commend Officer Josey for doing a fine job. Philly is known for their Police Officers Kickin A#$.  Officer Josey will also be given the option of retiring early and collecting his pension after he retires. Officer Josey is known for being a A#$ Kicker and has KILLED SOMEONE who allegedly pulled out a gun (GUN NEVER FOUND)...HMMM 

This incident just validates why Tourist should never want to visit Philly much less want to live in the City. 

The female in the video did not deserve to be struck in the face. If this would of been my daughter that he hit in the face. I would call for Officer Josey Head.

Talendria
Talendria

So you're saying we should blacklist an entire American city over one dubious altercation?  I have a better idea--two, actually:  don't throw things at cops, and don't pass judgment until you have all the facts.  Rules to live by.  ;)

Talendria
Talendria

It looks like she was spraying them with silly string from the can in her left hand, and it looks like he didn't punch her with his fist but rather smacked her with the palm of his hand.  He may be guilty of using excessive force, but maybe we could wait for the investigation before drawing any conclusions.

Mr. Fusion
Mr. Fusion

 The facts are he assaulted her while he was wearing a badge. Instead of being charged,  he was reassigned to desk duty and is still being paid.

If it took no time to decide to charge her, why do they need an investigation to charge a police officer?

L J
L J

There were other complaints against this PIG and I am sure tons NOT REPORTED.

FIRE HIM

ARREST HIM

TheMaxxx
TheMaxxx

Absolutely.  This is common in Philadelphia and until some sort of large scale social pressure is applied on this police department, which ranks as one of the worst in the nation in terms of both corruption and abuse, the situation will only deteriorate.

Kelly Keeling
Kelly Keeling

Talendria, you are the one who is missing the video. The one who threw something at the cops was behind this woman. She didn't move her hand from the position it was originally in. HD or not you can clearly see someone else threw the water not silly string. She turned around after the water was thrown her back was to the person who threw the water in the first place. Then she walks away when the cop hits her without any evidence besides having a bottle in her hands. Which several people had in their hands. She didn't toss anything at anyone. Check out CNN it was the best video. 

L J
L J

NO WAY.

Your post is a JOKE>

cultofdan
cultofdan

You obviously got this silly string idea from earlier incorrect reports. She has a bottle of water in her hand. If you watch the full video, you see a man behind her throw water at the cops and one of them turns around and sees her with a bottle of water and thinks that she is the one that did it and belts her in the face.

Talendria
Talendria

Kelly, I watched the video ~50 times last week. It looks very different in HD than regular, and you can only see the projectile that hit the cops on quarter speed. She was holding a container in both hands.

It's irresponsible to try cases in the media because we never have access to all the information. As that video illustrates, your perception of an event can change drastically plus or minus a few small details. This is why we have a criminal justice system. This is why the police have an internal affairs department. The media's role is to hold these organizations accountable but not to do their job for them.

My primary concern is that a group of people with an oppression complex will use this event as an excuse to start a riot or hurt people, as they did this summer over the Trayvon Martin case and as they did last summer over the Mark Duggan case. It seems that the media's only goal is to sell advertising, and they deliberately whip people into a frenzy without any thought to the consequences. It also seems that there are a lot of angry, unintelligent people in our society just waiting for a chance to explode.

Talendria
Talendria

You need to watch the video again on quarter speed high def. You can see the aerosol can in her left hand very clearly then; she's shaking it when the video starts. If you use the HD setting you can actually see the string fly out of her hand and hit the cops. The bottle of water is in her right hand.