A Philadelphia police lieutenant could face criminal charges after a video of him striking a woman following Sunday’s Puerto Rican Day Parade went viral.
Lt. Jonathan Josey has been suspended and Commissioner Charles Ramsey intends to fire him. Ramsey says Josey’s actions against Aida Guzman cannot be condoned.
“What’s so bad about it is it does overshadow the great supervision and leadership that the majority of our supervisors demonstrate every single day, but we all know that one bad incident can erase all of that,” Ramsey said Thursday.
Mayor Michael Nutter says Josey’s actions sicken him.
“The video does not demonstrate the effective use of good police training and so, on behalf of the city of Philadelphia and the many other fine men and women on the Philadelphia Police Department, I want to extend my personal and deep apology to Ms. Guzman,” Nutter said. “She was injured and humiliated at the hands of someone who knew better or should have known better.”
The video will be turned over to the District Attorney Seth Williams for possible criminal prosecution.