Former Police Lieutenant Speaks Out After Not Guilty Verdict - FOX 35 News Orlando

Former Police Lieutenant Tells FOX 29 He Wants Job Back After Not Guilty Verdict

Posted: Updated:
Former Police Lt. Jonathan Josey speaks one-on-one with FOX 29 reporter Dave Schratwieser. Former Police Lt. Jonathan Josey speaks one-on-one with FOX 29 reporter Dave Schratwieser.
Video captured last year during the city's Puerto Rican Day Parade shows Josey striking a woman. Video captured last year during the city's Puerto Rican Day Parade shows Josey striking a woman.

Former Police Lt. Jonathan Josey left the courthouse pleased with the judge's verdict of not guilty in this highly publicized video smack down of Aida Guzman at last year's Puerto Rican Day Parade.

"I believe he came out with a fair decision,"

Josey told FOX 29 in a one on one interview, he desperately wants to get the job he loves back.

"This was my everything, my career meant everything to me," Josey said. "It was like a piece of me was taken away."

Judge Patrick Dugan acquitted Josey of simple assault for swinging and knocking Guzman down at 5th and Lehigh last September. Dugan said he was troubled by the video, but added "this is not trial by video."

"A fair minded judge took the opportunity to carefully review and evaluate the evidence," defense attorney Fortunato Perri Jr. said.

"I have to say I'm disappointed," said Commissioner Charles Ramsey. He says he will not reinstate Josey unless ordered to do so by an arbitrator.

"I thought excessive force was used to an extent where termination was the appropriate action and I stand by that," Ramsey told FOX 29.

"Understand if this can take place on camera, what can take place off of camera," Guzman's attorney told reporters after the verdict.

The verdict incensed Guzman's attorney, who blasted the ruling, and said he planned to pursue a federal civil rights investigation and a federal civil rights lawsuit.

"This was an injustice to Miss Guzman, it was an injustice to the Puerto Rican and Spanish community," said attorney Enrique Latoison.

Guzman said she was stunned by the verdict and called it a cover up. She was offended by the judge's comments about the crowd at 5th and Lehigh that day and felt Josey was wrong.

"The Spanish community was portrayed as scary, lawless, people that were creating a mob situation," Latoison explained.

"We put up our best case and we believed in our case," the prosecutor said.

"It takes us back 10 steps," said Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez. "When justice is not received I can understand and I share their anger and frustration."

The councilwoman says she does not think Josey should be returned to duty. At a minimum, she said he should be demoted and not ever put in charge as a commanding officer on a scene.

  • Dave SchratwieserMore>>

  • Police: Makeshift Drug Lab Found In Northeast Philly Apartment

    Police: Makeshift Drug Lab Found In Northeast Philly Apartment

    Monday, July 14 2014 5:14 PM EDT2014-07-14 21:14:24 GMT

    Police say they discovered what appears to be a drug lab inside a Northeast Philadelphia home Monday morning. FOX 29's Dave Schratwieser reports investigators were called out after the landlord found some chemicals inside.

    Police say they discovered what appears to be a drug lab inside a Northeast Philadelphia home Monday morning. FOX 29's Dave Schratwieser reports investigators were called out after the landlord found some chemicals inside.

  • Police: Pharmaceutical Delivery Man Shot In North Philadelphia

    Police: Pharmaceutical Delivery Man Shot In North Philadelphia

    Thursday, July 10 2014 5:37 PM EDT2014-07-10 21:37:02 GMT
    NORTH PHILADELPHIA-Police say gunfire broke out near a daycare in North Philadelphia and ended with a pharmaceutical delivery man shot.Fox 29’s Dave Schratwieser reports.The incident happened outside a pharmacy and was allcaught on tape. The tape shows one of the suspects, police say, was involved in Thursday morning's daring robbery and shooting of a pharmaceutical delivery driver at 24th and Ridge.“One or two people approached him, and they robbed, they shot him with a gun,” said Wellness P...
    NORTH PHILADELPHIA-Police say gunfire broke out near a daycare in North Philadelphia and ended with a pharmaceutical delivery man shot.Fox 29’s Dave Schratwieser reports.The incident happened outside a pharmacy and was allcaught on tape. The tape shows one of the suspects, police say, was involved in Thursday morning's daring robbery and shooting of a pharmaceutical delivery driver at 24th and Ridge.“One or two people approached him, and they robbed, they shot him with a gun,” said Wellness P...
  • Families Of Gesner Street Fire Victims Search For Answers

    Families Of Gesner Street Fire Victims Search For Answers

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 5:27 PM EDT2014-07-09 21:27:45 GMT
    SOUTHWEST PHILADELPHIA-The families of the four children who died in Saturday’s fatal blaze on the 6500 block of Gesner Street are now asking what could have started the fire.Fox 29's Dave Schratwieser reports from Southwest Philadelphia where emotions are still running high.“I walk away with nothing,” said Patrick Sanyeah.Sanyeah left a city hall meeting Wednesday morning, frustrated and in tears, still searching for answers in the death of his two young sons and two other children in Saturd...
    SOUTHWEST PHILADELPHIA-The families of the four children who died in Saturday’s fatal blaze on the 6500 block of Gesner Street are now asking what could have started the fire.Fox 29's Dave Schratwieser reports from Southwest Philadelphia where emotions are still running high.“I walk away with nothing,” said Patrick Sanyeah.Sanyeah left a city hall meeting Wednesday morning, frustrated and in tears, still searching for answers in the death of his two young sons and two other children in Saturd...
Powered by WorldNow

35 Skyline Drive
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Phone: (407) 644-3535
News Tips: (866) 55-FOX35

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices