Friday, December 19, 2014

City Hall protest on Guzman verdict

About 40 people gathered at City Hall to protest Judge Patrick Dugan's decision in the Guzman case.

City Hall protest on Guzman verdict

*Protesters outside City Hall Friday said they were outraged to learn that Judge Patrick Dugan, who acquitted former cop Jonathan Josey of assaulting a woman at the Puerto Rican Day Parade, was married to a police officer.

“Married to a cop/Endorsed by FOP/How ‘Impartial’/Can Dugan be,” read one sign at the noon rally attended by about 40 people.

Dugan was also endorsed for election by the Fraternal Order of Police, or FOP. That information, along with the news that his wife is Police Officer Nancy Farrell Dugan, came out on Tuesday, the day Dugan announced that he was acquitting Josey of a charge that he had assaulted Aida Guzman.

Guzman appeared with her lawyer, Enrique Latoison, at Friday’s protest. In Spanish, she thanked the crowd for their support. Latoison said he wanted the U.S. Attorney’s office to investigate the case. He also plans to file a civil suit.

A video of Josey slugging Guzman at the Sept. 30 Puerto Rican Day Parade went viral. Josey was charged with simple assault and fired from the police force.

At his trial before Guzman, Josey said people in the crowd had been throwing beer bottles at police. He tried to grab a bottle from Guzman’s hand and accidentally hit her, he said. The punch knocked her to the ground and split her lip. She said she had not thrown anything.

Protesters outside City Hall did not believe Josey’s version of events. They said police often are overly-aggressive at the Puerto Rican Day Parade.

“This happens every single year,” said Luis Sanabria. “They just got caught this time.”

Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez, who is Puerto Rican, told the crowd to educate themselves about judges and vote people such as Dugan out of office.

“If we’re going to get angry, we gotta get angry with our votes,” she said.

 

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