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Philly officer who punched woman at parade charged


February 19. 2013 5:31PM
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(AP) Philadelphia prosecutors have charged a police lieutenant caught on video punching a woman at a Puerto Rican Day parade in September.


Jonathan Josey, who has been fired, was charged Thursday with simple assault, a misdemeanor.


District Attorney Seth Williams says he made the decision after carefully reviewing the video. Williams says police were responding to a chaotic situation, but the use of force was unnecessary.


Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey says he supports the decision. A message left with Josey's attorney was not immediately returned.


The video shows 39-year-old Aida Guzman being struck in the face and falling to the ground, her face bloodied, and then being led away in handcuffs. A disorderly conduct charge against her was later withdrawn.


Associated Press


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