Philly’s Ramsey “Deeply Troubled” by Video of Officer Punching Woman in Face


Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey is “deeply troubled” by the now-notorious video of Lt. Jonathan Josey punching a woman in the face, and will make a decision on the case soon, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. “From what I saw, it’s difficult to justify the actions that took place,” he said. Josey’s punch to the woman’s head, which knocked her to the ground and bloodied her face, was captured Sunday on a cellphone video during a raucous, crowded celebration of the annual Puerto Rican Day parade. Since it was uploaded to YouTube, the video has attracted national attention.

Ramsey said the footage was particularly disturbing in light of the fact that Josey, 39, a 19-year veteran of the department, is a supervisor who was supposed to set an example for other officers monitoring the festivities that day. The woman, Aida Guzman, was arrested Sunday for disorderly conduct after police apparently thought she threw liquid at them. The video depicts Guzman moving around a group of police officers who are clustered around a stopped car. Someone tosses some liquid at the group, and as Guzman walks away, the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Josey follows her and strikes her.

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