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March 1, 2013
HAVE YOU EVER lost your temper? I sure have. Have you ever done something truly stupid while angry? Me too. Have you ever used power given to you by the city of Philadelphia to have someone charged with a crime as a way of explaining your angry reaction? That's a much smaller club. And that's why I think we're missing the point about former Philadelphia Police Lt. Jonathan Josey and his now-notorious post-Puerto Rican Day Parade punch in the face to Aida Guzman.
NEWS
November 16, 2012 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former Philadelphia Police Lt. Jonathan Josey, who gained notoriety in a cellphone video of him punching a woman in the face during a crowded street party on Sept. 30, was charged with simple assault Thursday. Josey, 39, a decorated 19-year veteran, is expected to turn himself in to police Friday. Josey was fired days after the video went viral. District Attorney Seth Williams said Thursday that he decided to charge Josey after reviewing the results of the Internal Affairs investigation.
NEWS
November 15, 2012 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Authorities are preparing to charge former Philadelphia Police Lt. Jonathan Josey with simple assault for punching a woman in the face during a street party in September, sources confirmed Wednesday. Josey, a decorated 19-year veteran of the department, was fired last month after a cellphone video of the punch went viral and drew international attention. John McNesby, president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, the largest officers' union, said the organization would continue to support Josey and appeal to get him reinstated.
NEWS
April 1, 2010 | By Derrick Nunnally INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia Police Lt. Jonathan D. Josey II was off work when he walked into a City Avenue 7-Eleven store during a predawn armed robbery March 19, but he did his duty in chasing the suspect into a fatal confrontation, prosecutors said Wednesday. Almost two weeks after Josey, 38, shot and killed Kenneth DeShields, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said Josey, a 17-year police veteran assigned to the highway patrol, behaved justifiably. Josey will face no charges for what Ferman called "a sad situation" in which DeShields, 37, an Iraq war veteran, was shot to death after attempting a robbery four days after going AWOL from his Army unit in Colorado.
NEWS
February 13, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Even former Philadelphia Police Lt. Jonathan Josey called the video "disturbing. " The video of him swinging at and decking a woman at a Fairhill street party after last year's Puerto Rican Day parade was enough to end his decorated 19-year police career and get him charged with simple assault. But after a three-hour nonjury trial Tuesday, in which Josey testified that he accidentally hit Aida Guzman while trying to knock a beer bottle from her hand, a troubled-looking Municipal Court Judge Patrick F. Dugan seemed uncertain.
NEWS
November 16, 2012 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
THE VIDEO of former Philadelphia police Lt. Jonathan Josey hitting a woman has more than 1.5 million hits on YouTube, but it's Josey who is expected to be hit - with criminal charges - for his role in the incident, according to the head of the city's police union. John McNesby, president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 5, said that District Attorney Seth Williams told him that Josey would be charged this week with simple assault for the Sept. 30 incident. Josey's attorney, Fortunato Perri Jr., said he's heard the same thing but has not been formally advised of any charges.
NEWS
July 5, 2010
An off-duty Philadelphia police officer was stabbed in the back early Sunday in the 3800 block of Powelton Avenue in West Philadelphia after he broke up a fight at the nearby Scooters bar, police said. Highway Patrol Lt. Jonathan Josey was in stable condition Sunday afternoon at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Police said two women had begun arguing with at least one off-duty officer they recognized. After intervening, Josey walked away from the bar with another off-duty officer.
NEWS
November 16, 2012 | By Allison Steele, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Former Philadelphia Police Lt. Jonathan Josey, who gained notoriety in a cellphone video of him punching a woman in the face during a crowded street party on Sept. 30, was charged with simple assault Thursday. Josey, 39, a decorated 19-year veteran, is expected to turn himself in to police Friday. Josey was fired days after the video went viral. District Attorney Seth Williams said Thursday that he decided to charge Josey after reviewing the results of the Internal Affairs investigation.
NEWS
November 15, 2012 | By Allison Steele, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Authorities are preparing to charge former Philadelphia Police Lt. Jonathan Josey with simple assault for punching a woman in the face during a street party in September, sources confirmed Wednesday. Josey, a decorated 19-year veteran of the department, was fired last month after a cellphone video of the punch went viral and drew international attention. John McNesby, president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, the largest officers' union, said the organization would continue to support Josey and appeal to get him reinstated.
NEWS
October 4, 2012
SUSPENDED POLICE Lt. Jonathan Josey II wasn't just a tough-talking cop in real life. He also plays one on screen. In a bizarre twist, the ousted Highway Patrol supervisor who sucker-punched a woman after Sunday's Puerto Rican Day Parade - earning national scorn when a YouTube video of the assault went viral - is a local actor with Hollywood aspirations. Josey, 40, played a detective in the 2011 movie "Operation: Get Rid of Pinky," a gym instructor in the 2010 movie "Sure Looks Good" and a lawyer in the 2011 movie "Love and Litigation.
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NEWS
November 24, 2014
IN 2012, Philadelphia Police Lt. Jonathan Josey became a national symbol of police brutality after a cellphone video went viral of him hitting a woman in the aftermath of the Puerto Rican Day Parade. He was charged with simple assault and fired - only to be exonerated the following year. Josey, at the time a decorated, 19-year-veteran of the police force, also got his job back - complete with back pay. Fast-forward to 2014 and Josey is not only a vindicated man but a wiser one. The incident, which made national headlines, helped him reorder his priorities about what's really important, a message he shares in his new play, "What If Heaven Was Black.
SPORTS
August 31, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THE EAGLES made decisions yesterday on roster cuts, but chose not to make any of them public, even after they'd been widely reported, in one case by a player himself on Twitter. (That was fan favorite Henry Josey, the 5-8 running back from Missouri who overcame a terrible knee injury in college and ran for 121 yards on 22 carries Thursday night against the Jets. He bid Eagles fans farewell.) So, here is what we could piece together from other sources, and what others have reported, which might or might not be entirely correct.
SPORTS
August 15, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - At 10 a.m. yesterday, they assembled near an end zone to begin their stretching lines, nearly 90 green- and white-clad players in helmets and shorts spread out across the width of one of the Patriots' two practice fields outside Gillette Stadium. The Eagles' running backs could be found in the middle of the pack, in the same vicinity as the four quarterbacks sporting red practice jerseys. LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles went through the warmups side by side.
NEWS
July 28, 2014 | BY CINDY STANSBURY & STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer stansbc@phillynews.com, 215-854-5914
GAIL SKINNER said it was about 6 a.m. yesterday when she first heard the screams. "I was ironing, and I heard my neighbor hollering 'Help, help!' " the South Philadelphia woman recalled. When Skinner, 67, and her daughter went outside to investigate, they were greeted by clouds of thick black smoke. "So much smoke and flames, and it was coming out the window," she said, referring to a home up the street now completely black, its charred contents strewn about the sidewalk.
NEWS
September 19, 2013 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
A year after Philadelphia's Puerto Rican Day parade gained national attention over a video showing a police officer striking a woman, city officials are preparing to have more police supervision at the Sept. 29 event. The parade will also be followed by an official city-sponsored concert at the Dell East Music Center in Fairmount Park to give people a place to continue celebrating. The first Boricua Fest, which will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. that Sunday, will feature local Latino musical acts and the Grammy-nominated rapper Tego Calderon, city officials announced Tuesday.
NEWS
September 17, 2013 | BY JAN RANSOM, Daily News Staff Writer ransomj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
IT'S BEEN a year since outrage erupted after veteran cop Lt. Jonathan Josey was captured on video slugging a woman to the ground in the aftermath of the Philadelphia Puerto Rican Day Parade - anger that bubbled up anew when the disgraced officer got his job back last month. But the controversial incident has spurred what officials are calling much-needed change to post-parade activities as well as policing for this year's event - even amid concern that angry protesters may give cops a hard time.
NEWS
August 22, 2013
CHRISTINE Flowers' Friday column about the stop-and-frisk ruling is misleading and ill serves your readers. Flowers suggests that the federal judge's ruling was based merely on an examination of 19 stop-and-frisk encounters over a decade, about half of which were eventually deemed illegal. "The policy was only proven to have violated someone's constitutional rights in about .01 zillionth of an instance," she writes. Flowers fails to mention that the judge also relied on a statistical analysis of the 4.4 million stop-and-frisk encounters that occurred in New York during the decade.
NEWS
June 26, 2013 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
THE ATTORNEY for a woman who was hit in the face by former Philadelphia police Lt. Jonathan Josey says his client left Josey's arbitration hearing in tears yesterday after intense questioning from a lawyer representing the Fraternal Order of Police. "This process is shockingly brutal for a person that got punched in the face," attorney Enrique Latoison said. "Why was anything necessary for her to be attacked like that again?" Latoison represents 39-year-old Aida Guzman, who was filmed being hit in the face by Josey during a Puerto Rican Day celebration Sept.
NEWS
March 14, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said Tuesday that it was "troubling" that a judge's marriage to a city police officer was not publicly revealed until after the judge acquitted a former lieutenant accused of assaulting a woman after last year's Puerto Rican Day Parade. "That shouldn't have come out after the fact," Ramsey told a meeting of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists. "It's a little bit on the troubling side, to say the least. " Municipal Court Judge Patrick F. Dugan acquitted Jonathan Josey, the former lieutenant fired by Ramsey, of simple assault for hitting Aida Guzman, 40, of Chester, at Fifth Street and Lehigh Avenue during festivities after the parade.
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