• Petitioned Seth Williams

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Seth Williams

Seth Williams, Philadelphia District Attorney: Prosecute former police lieutenant Jonathan Josey for assault

    1. Darrell Lucus
    2. Petition by

      Darrell Lucus

      Charlotte, United States

On September 30, Philadelphia Police Lieutenant Jonathan Josey was seen punching Ana Guzman from behind at the Philadelphia Puerto Rican Day Parade. After a YouTube video of the incident went viral, Josey was put on desk duty. However, on October 3, Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey announced that he was suspending Josey for 30 days with intent to dismiss.

While Josey's firing is more than justified, it doesn't go far enough. Josey took at least six steps toward Guzman before punching her. While hitting a defenseless person from behind is bad enough, this is well beyond what could reasonably be considered an act in the heat of the moment. The video shows that Josey had more than enough time to confront Guzman in a less violent manner.

Moreover, if the average person were to take six steps toward someone before punching them, it would rightly be considered assault. This is no different. For these reasons, Josey must be brought up on assault charges.

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    • J E FAVERSHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 2 years ago

      I signed another petition and I think its great that FORMER Lt. Josey has been fired but I think this is the first step and the next step is to prosecute him for assault!

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    • Jocelyn Slater FALMOUTH, MA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Police should be held to a higher standard, not a lower one. If this were anyone but a cop, they'd have been in trouble. A lot of it. This was obviously an intentional act against an unarmed person, and for what? Just because he could. Shame on the Philadelphia PD for backing this scum who gives them a very bad name.

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    • Karl Speth MALDEN, MA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Not only should he be prosecuted, but screw maximums that may apply, give him 99 years WITHOUT parole.

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    • Costello Dana PROSPECT PARK, PA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Found this while doing a google search. SOOOOO glad I found it by accident. Shared it on Facebook. Thanks for putting it up. Police abuse should not be tolerated!!! PERIOD!!!

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    • brazzilia rutherford COATESVILLE, PA
      • almost 2 years ago

      they think they are above the law

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