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Fired Philly Officer Reinstated

August 13, 2013  | 

Photo: POLICE file
Photo: POLICE file
The Philadelphia Police officer fired for hitting a woman in the face at the Puerto Rican Day parade was reinstated by an arbitrator, who ruled that his firing was improper.

Lt. Jonathan Josey was a 19-year veteran of the force in October when Commissioner Charles Ramsey fired him several days after the incident that was captured on cellphone video, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Josey successfully argued that he accidentally struck Aida Guzman while trying to swipe a beer bottle from her hand. Bottled had been thrown at police from the crowd.

A municipal judge acquitted Josey of criminal charges in February. He has been given full benefits and 11 months of back pay.

Tags: Philadelphia PD, Officers Exonerated, Use-of-Force Policies, Crowd Control


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bob retired leo @ 8/13/2013 1:40 PM

Glad to see the LT. back on the job. Video doesn't always explain the circumstances. When I retired and moved down south most of the departments don't have unions or representation. So when the Sheriff or Chief fires you, you have to get an attorney or file an appeal to the state.....

Really? @ 8/13/2013 2:06 PM

I am glad he was reinstated, and given back pay. His termination was extreme, and a knee-jerk reaction to a cell phone video.

Lenny @ 8/13/2013 3:09 PM

Now there is a true POS.
Any man who belts a woman in the head is no longer a man.
The only job this thing deserves is to be ballast.
Sure wish I could understand that every LEO will accept video
evidence as absolute proof when it goes with the police, yet when
it shows something else it is always inconclusive, incomplete, doesn't fully represent............ Perhaps if we had video that went back to the invention of the wheel it would satisfy law enforcement, oh wait it only shows one angle. Is there anything that you people think an officer should be held responsible for?

Bud @ 8/13/2013 3:54 PM

I guess a municipal judge with vastly-more experience in matters of the law disagrees with your assessment in this scenario, Lenny.

Perhaps you should get a law degree and fix the system from the inside-out. They'll make a movie about your adventures, starring George Clooney as yourself.

Lenny @ 8/13/2013 5:31 PM

@Bud
The Philadelphia judge who freed fired Lt. Jonathan Josey during a non-jury trial where that jurist brushed aside compelling evidence recorded on that video is married to a Philadelphia policeman.

Judge Dugan neither revealed his marital relationship nor removed himself from the case – formally known as recusal.

Dugan issued his acquittal verdict two weeks after Josey’s trial. When ruling, Dugan said he was troubled by Josey’s conduct captured on a cell phone video but he was impressed by the testimony from other police officers plus character witnesses for Josey who supported his claims of innocence.

"Dugan cited Josey's testimony that the 19-year decorated police veteran was trying to swipe a beer bottle from Gizman's hand and accidentally hit her"

Judge Dugan’s ruling favoring Josey, and his unwillingness to consider the video evidence contradicting Josey’s courtroom accounts, continues an infamous judicial tradition across America of jurists bending both law and logic to excuse police misconduct, giving breaks to cops generally withheld from civilians facing comparable criminal charges. Dugan's wife was in court during the trial, that must have been fun for the judge.

You see sweetheart when you lie on the stand and have other liars who will vouch for your "character", good things happen.
It also REALLY helps if the judge is married to a friend of the accused.

And Bud, if the movie is made I will be played by Gary Oldman.

Lopez Rick lapd @ 8/13/2013 5:37 PM

Good for the ofc
If she was not there and stay home this would not have happened! i'm happy for him.

Ima Leprechaun @ 8/13/2013 6:37 PM

I remember watching the original video and he was deflecting her beer bottle. This should never have gone to trial. Watching the original video shows her running into the fray while carrying a bottle. She should have staying on the curb where she was told to stay but drunk people rarely listen.

John @ 8/13/2013 7:08 PM

No longer a man???

Greg @ 8/14/2013 3:51 AM

"Now there is a true POS...Any man who belts a woman in the head is no longer a man."

Phew...it's tough when mangina's have to face the real world. Women can be just as nasty (heck, even nastier since they aren't treated to "fight fair") as any male. Many of them demand to be treated differently just because they're female no matter what their acts. Sadly, the court system lets women get away with this too with shorter sentences or just parole. Remember the teacher child molestor who didn't go to jail because "she was too pretty and the lesbians would bother her."

Good for the officer, nice when some common sense happens. Pity about Lenny though...another male lost to feminism.

kjh104 @ 8/14/2013 6:43 AM

poor troubled Leonard. such dislike distorts reality. i feel sorry for your parents

S.R. Garcia @ 8/14/2013 6:58 AM

Lenny, I would have liked to see you in a uniform and working crowd control...but of course you would have to do it without your magic wand.

henry Johnson @ 8/14/2013 8:00 AM

I retired in 2011. I was blessed that I was able to serve 31 yrs as a police officer in the Los Angeles area.
I believe in the video systems for police officers. Now days, officers are recorded on hidden videos on almost every call. It is easy for some "AH" to alter a video, or only show the part where an officer's use of force comes into question.
I also realize some concerns about management using the video to baby sit officers, or monitor their statements.
Overall, I would like to have this piece of equipment if I was still on the job.

Bluevixen63 @ 8/14/2013 9:19 PM

@Lenny before you start "investigating" why the judge made his ruling, why not investigate why no one came forth with the videos depicting the officers taking bottles being thrown by the idiots?

Bear1110 @ 8/19/2013 2:19 PM

Lenny U r right, a man should not hit a woman... wait for it.... unless they deserve it. I was lucky, I believed in giving women a break just as u do... until I spent 6 months on light duty for a torn tendon in my right arm I got from having to fight off a woman who was attempting to push me into the path of a semi truck while I was handcuffing her felony warrant boyfriend while on the side of the road. (BTW the warrant was for beating her into a coma for 2 weeks) so maybe you should look at this from both sides of the point before you open your mouth.

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