Philadelphia Municipal Judge Patrick Dugan ruled on Tuesday that police officer Jonathan Josey, who was caught on camera last September punching Aida Guzman in the face, is not guilty of assault (video below).
According to the Philadelphia Daily News, the video clearly showing Officer Josey punching Guzman was not considered evidence because Judge Dugan said: “This is not a social-media contest. This is not a trial by video. This was a violent, fast-paced, real-life situation.”
Judge Dugan did not cite any law or ruling that disqualifies video of a crime from being considered evidence because it has appeared on social media websites.
Officer Josey claimed that he did not intend to punch Guzman in the mouth, but intended to slap a beer bottle from her hand, falsely claiming she had thrown beer on police officers.
Officer Josey was later fired and the mayor apologized to Guzman.
“It’s obvious from looking at the video that this was an intentional act,” Guzman's attorney Enrique Latoison told CBS Philly on Wednesday morning. “The officer took three steps towards my client and then slugged her in the face.”
Latoison said that after Guzman went down, Officer Josey put an elbow in her back and cuffed her so tightly that her wrists bruised: “If you… accidentally hit someone and you were repentant and dropped to your knees, you are immediately going to act in a way to show that you’re sorry, to show that you’re remorseful, to show that it’s an accident.”
Latoison has contacted the Department of Justice and may file civil rights charges against Officer Josey.
Source: Philadelphia Daily News