November 15, 2012: District Attorney Seth Williams today charged former Philadelphia Police Lt. Jonathan Josey with Simple Assault, a misdemeanor of the second degree, for an incident that happened on September 30, 2012 at 5th and Lehigh Streets. Josey was recorded on video tape striking 39-year-old Aida Guzman in the face during the investigation of a motor vehicle that was creating a hazardous condition on the roadway.
“As District Attorney it is my job to ensure that we only charge the right people with only the correct charges; nothing more, nothing less,” says District Attorney Seth Williams. “After an extensive investigation by both Police Internal Affairs and my Special Investigations Unit, I have determined the appropriate action in this case is to charge Mr. Josey with Simple Assault. As I have stated many times before it doesn’t matter if you are a doctor, lawyer, Monsignor of a church, police officer or bus driver, justice demands that we apply our laws fairly.”