*Update* Areola Ring-Wearing Cop Who Punched Woman At Puerto Rican Day Parade Loses His Job

October 4, 2012  |  

Do you guys remember the other day when we told you about the fool cop who punched a woman in the face at the Puerto Rican Day Parade in Philly on Sunday? Here’s a quick re-summary of what happened:

During the celebration of the Puerto Rican Day parade in Philly on Sunday, as you can see in the video, cops proceeded to handcuff a man on a car as a crowd surrounded the melee. During the arrest, someone outside of the frame can be seen throwing water at the officers, and as this is done, a woman can be seen walking up to where the officers are to get a glimpse of the drama, and then quickly turning around when she sees chaos ensuing. Unfortunately for her, she was at the wrong place at the wrong time. Lt. Jonathan Josey II confused this woman for the individual who threw water at the officers, probably because she just so happened to have a bottle of liquid in her hands, and in a fury, he followed the woman, walked up to her, and literally blindsided her with a sharp punch to the face.

Of course, we told you that Lt. Josey was put on administrative duty (desk work) while an investigation was done. And usually, these things take a good amount of time before a ruling is made, folks can go back to their posts and so on and so forth. But surprise, surprise, the Philadelphia Police commissioner decided to put the hammer down on Josey and fire him. According to Philly’s ABC affiliate, after Commissioner Charles Ramsey viewed the YouTube video, he quickly put out a statement saying that Josey will be suspended for 30 days with the intent to dismiss. According to reports, the investigation was still going on and all the details about what happened before the water was thrown and the woman was punched wasn’t brought to light. But I guess we can all see that Commissioner Ramsey just wasn’t about that woman-punching life, and thought Josey’s behavior was unacceptable.

On a happy sidenote, those disorderly conduct charges against the woman who was punched were dropped. The lady, whose name is Aida Guzman, is a 39-year-old mother of three who was just out to have a good time and celebrate her heritage. In an interview with Philly’s ABC affiliate, WPVI-TV, she said, “I feel so happy. Before, I got a lot of pain in my body, but I feel so happy. I want to say thank you everybody for the support.” But at the same time, Guzman and her lawyer say she wasn’t looking to get Josey fired necessarily, but that wasn’t up to her. Josey, a 19-year veteran who was very decorated for his work, also had a long list of complaints against him (13, count ’em), ranging from verbal to physical abuse. Safe to say that he thought he was slick with his treatment of people, and it’s clear that he got what was coming to him.

But John McNesby, the head of the Fraternal Order of Police in the city, doesn’t think it’s fair. “I think it stinks, it stinks. It sends a bad message to the police out there on the streets.” He says the union will try and have the case reopened and looked at, and he thinks that Lt. Josey will be able to get his job back, since he thinks the firing was wrong.

“She’s never asked for this officer to be fired. She never asked for anything other than just respect and have the charges dropped,” said her attorney, Enrique Latoison. “We still expect a formal apology of some sort. It’s important to the Hispanic community. It’s important to my client.”

Well there it is folks, this is what happens when you like to run around punching people. And it’s probably safe to say that he’s still out here looking for his Mrs. Right, because a man with an attitude!? I don’t know what woman could deal with him…

 

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