Video from Philadelphia’s Puerto Rican Day parade over the weekend shows a uniformed cop punching a woman in the face. The blow leaves the woman’s mouth bloody. The officer — identified as Lt. Jonathan Josey — then handcuffs her and another cop leads her away. Philadelphia Police Internal Affairs is investigating, according to WCAU-TV. The clip shows a group of cops gathered on North 5th St. Sunday afternoon, apparently handcuffing a man pressed up against a car. Someone in the crowd flings water from a bottle at them, and Josey turns around in the direction it came from. He heads toward the unidentified woman, followed by a few other cops, and decks her, knocking her to the street.
The video was uploaded Sunday night, shortly after the incident, and already has nearly 4,000 views. Police said the woman was cited for spraying silly string at the officers, WCAU reported — though it’s not seen in the brief video. Josey, a 19-year veteran of the Philly PD, shot and killed a man who was robbing a 7–11 at gunpoint in 2010. In that case, a judge ruled that he was justified in using deadly force.