Judge mulls ruling on Philly officer who hit woman

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A judge will rule later this month in the case of a fired Philadelphia police lieutenant videotaped punching a woman after last year’s Puerto Rican Day parade.


Municipal Judge Patrick Dugan heard three hours of testimony Tuesday in the one-day, nonjury trial of 41-year-old Jonathan Josey, who’s charged with simple assault.


Video posted online shows Aida Guzman being struck in the face and falling to the ground, her face bloodied, and then being led away in handcuffs. Police say people had been throwing liquid at officers.


Josey testified he thought Guzman had thrown beer on him. He says he told her to put down the bottle and then swung in an attempt to knock it from her hand.


Guzman says she didn’t throw any liquid, but did shoot aerosol string into the crowd.


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