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Philly Officer Who Hit Woman to be Fired

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By Deanne Katz, Esq. on October 08, 2012 9:01 AM

The Philadelphia cop who struck a woman at the Puerto Rican Day Parade will be fired at the end of his 30-day suspension. Lieutenant Jonathan Josey received his notice Wednesday with reporters standing by.

Josey became infamous on Sunday for a video that shows him hitting a woman in the face during the parade. She is seen spraying silly string near police and then a man nearby threw liquid at the cop, reports CNN. Josey retaliated against the woman who is later seen with blood on her mouth.

The video went viral and public opinion swayed against Josey. The police department appears to agree that his actions were unjustified.

The woman in the video, Aida Guzman, was treated at the hospital for cuts and bruises on her face as well as marks on her wrists from handcuffs.

She was originally charged with disorderly conduct for the silly string. Those charges were dropped on Wednesday but Guzman also requested an apology from the force.

The police department dismissed Josey, stating that even if Guzman had thrown the liquid the amount of force Josey used would not have been justified. But the Fraternal Order of Police stands behind him, reports Philadelphia WPVI-TV.

The vast majority of police officers are good people who work to protect the citizens in their communities. But just like any other profession, there are some who don't do a good job.

Police are bound by the same rules and regulations as everyone else even while they are tasked with keeping the peace.

If something an officer does seems wrong to you, you can always ask the experts at the FindLaw Answers Forum on Investigation, Arrest, & Trial.

Guzman didn't ask for Josey's dismissal but her attorney says she agrees with the decision. The police department is also in contact with the District Attorney for possible criminal charges against Josey, according to Philadelphia WPVI-TV.

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