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A decorated patrolman will lose his job after being caught punching a woman. Lt. Johnathan D. Josey II will lose his job after locals filmed him punching Aida Guzman, 39, during the city's annual Puerto Rican Parade.
PHILADELPHIA, PA (Catholic Online) - Lt. Josey arguably used excessive force when he attempted to arrest Guzman by striking her in the face. The hit dropped her to the ground where officers took the crying woman into custody.
The video quickly appeared online and a public outcry was raised.
Josey and his fellow officers wanted to take Guzman into custody after they say liquid was thrown at their backs. According to the video, while Guzman had a can of silly string, she did not have any liquid. As Guzman walked away, Officer Josey caught up to her and punched her in the face.
Guzman says the punch split her lip and gave her cuts, scrapes and possibly injured her head and neck.
Josey's supporters content he is being unfairly dismissed without a proper hearing.
Josey has 19 years of service in the police force and is a highly decorated officer.
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