Police commissioner Charles H. Ramsey tonight said he was "deeply troubled" by the now-notorious video of Lt. Jonathan Josey punching a woman on the face.
"From what I saw, it's difficult to justify the actions that took place," Ramsey said.
Josey's punch to the woman's head, which knocked her to the ground and bloodied her face, appeared to be a case of excessive force being used to make an arrest, Ramsey said.
The woman, Aida Guzman of Chester, was arrested Sunday for disorderly conduct at a celebration in Nprth Philadelphia following the city's Puerto Rican Day parade. Police apparently thought she was throwing liquid at a group of officers, which led Josey to target her.