Photo Credit: philly.comEven 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.
Saying he “needed more time to digest this,” Dugan said he would announce his verdict from the bench on Feb. 26.
Dugan, 52, a judge since 2007 and a decorated Army captain who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, acknowledged the groans his delay triggered.
The courtroom was packed way beyond its 109-person capacity. Most appeared to be police officers or officials of the city’s police union, and many wore the distinctive black leather uniform of the Highway Patrol, to which Josey was assigned.
As clear-cut as the seconds-long video appears, both Josey and Guzman may have muddled its impact in their testimony.
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