Benefit for woman-punching cop prompts protests

Outraged about a planned union-sanctioned benefit for the cop fired after he clocked a woman who attended last month's Puerto Rican Day Parade, one activist has launched an online petition drive against it, while another is organizing a protest outside the Fraternal Order of Police hall.

The Daily News wrote about the $30-per-person benefit for Highway Patrol Lt. Jonathan D. Josey II in today's Daily News.

Margarita Padin, a carpenter who has helped organize rallies on behalf of minority construction workers, is urging citizens to protest outside the FOP hall on Spring Garden near Broad during the Oct. 28 benefit.

"GET READY TO PROTEST ..." Padin wrote in an email. "FIRE AND PRESS CHARGES AGAINST OFFICER JOSEY"

Kyle Prouty, an Occupy protester from Somers Point, N.J., on Friday created a petition at change.org opposing the FOP fundraiser.

"Mayor Nutter has apologized to the victim, Aida Guzman, but Josey has not been brought up on criminal charges. Now the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) is holding a 'fundraiser' in the honor of this woman-beating cop! Tell the FOP and FOP President John McNesby to STOP this party!" Prouty wrote.

By midafternoon Friday, six people had signed.

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