Ramsey On Reports Of Parade Assault Charge: 'It's Not Piling On' - New York News

Ramsey On Reports Of Parade Assault Charge: 'It's Not Piling On'

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A former Philadelphia police lieutenant accused of hitting a woman after the Puerto Rican Day parade is expected to be formally charged Thursday with simple assault.

The alleged assault was caught on tape in a controversial tape everyone was talking about.

District Attorney Seth Williams will be announcing the charge against Lt. Jonathan Josey later in the day.

Among those who have been asked about the videotape a lot is Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, who chose to terminate Josey over the incident.

In the Daily News, the leader of the Fraternal Order of Police calls it kicking a man when he's almost down, adding that the video doesn't show the whole incident and isn't a fair way to judge a police officer's 19-year career.

FOX 29's Steve Keeley was live Thursday morning outside police headquarters to get Ramsey's reaction to the D.A.'s decision to charge Josey.

"Police officers are entrusted by the public to protect them, to even use deadly force if they have to," Ramsey said. "We have to be held to a higher standard. It's not piling on."

The police commissioner went on, "You have a situation here where something took place. I reviewed it, made a determination and felt it was sufficient to terminate his employment. Now, the D.A. is reviewing it, and he, too, will make a determination as to the future of any criminal charges or anything like that. I mean, that's the process. That's the way it goes. And it's not just police officers; it's everyone who has to deal with these kinds of things, should they become involved in some sort of incident. You know, people lose jobs, people also get charged criminally. I mean, we're not unique in that regard."

Josey turned in his gun and badge at the department's Internal Affairs Bureau in October.

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