Although Mayor Nutter made a public apology to the woman who was captured on video being punched by a veteran cop during a North Philadelphia Puerto Rican Day celebration, he took it a step further today and invited her to City Hall for a face-to-face apology.
“I wanted to see her. I wanted to talk to her. I did apologize to her,” Nutter said to a group of reporters today outside of his office.
Aida Guzman arrived to City Hall shortly after 11 a.m. with her attorney for a private meeting with the Mayor. Nutter said he embraced her and they spoke for about 15 minutes.
Enrique Latoison, Guzman’s attorney said it was a very “heartfelt meeting” and that his client was happy, but he said a decision has not been made about whether or not a lawsuit will be filed against the city.
Guzman, 39, of Chester was dressed in black, her hair pulled into a ponytail and a bruise remained on her lip from the blow to her face.
Guzman said she was happy Nutter apologized to her, but said she was scared to come to the city. She also said she would not go to another Puerto Rican Day celebration.
Guzman was seen in a video being cold-cocked by Lt. Jonathan Josey after someone threw liquid onto a group of officers. The District Attorney's Office said Wednesday it would drop a disorderly charge filed against Guzman and Josey will be suspended for 30 days with intent to dismiss.