Jonathan Josey Assualts Woman, Is Protected by Fellow Gang Members From Those Seeking Transparency

Sunday, September 30th was a warm day in Philadelphia. Thirty-nine year-old resident Aida Guzman decided to go to the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade. As frequently happens when people are having a good time, it wasn’t long until folks with badges showed-up and changed the situation. Specifically, Jonathan Josey, who, for whatever reason, felt the need to charge Guzman and strike her in the face.

After the incident Ray Evers, a  comrade of Josey, stated that “The incident is being fully investigated.”

Right – as if friends ‘investigating’ friends brings accountability. Essentially Evers is just trying to do damage control, to appease those rightfully upset at the double-standards afforded to Josey since he wears a badge.

Some claim Guzman had silly string. Others say that she had water balloons. On her behalf, Guzman stated “I don’t have time to be playing around or throwing water to be disrespecting another person”. Yet even if Guzman did in fact have silly string or water balloons does it warrant the assault by Josey?

Most sane, rationale people can clearly grasp who, in the exchange, is in the wrong and thus, most have vocalized their support for Guzman. Still, Josey’s comrades in the Fraternal Order of Police are not only not distancing themselves from him – a person who clearly has the propensity to initiate force – but they have called his actions “justified” and held a fundraiser for him.

Driven to communicate their distaste for the blanket support afforded to Josey, Philadephians protested outside the fundraiser. At one point the crew of the Panic Hour, aided by Philadelphia-based activist Jim Babb, attempted to join the event, though they were barred from entry and physically pushed away.

It seems like Josey and his ilk are falling a bit short of their claimed “honor, service, and integrity.” But is that really a surprise? After all, what real incentive do they have to change under the current Statist Quo, which is rotten at its core?

Philadelphia Police Department
Jonathan Josey – aggressor
(215) 685-5010 ext. 5056, 5057 or 5058


Pete Eyre

Pete Eyre is co-founder of As an advocate of peaceful, consensual interactions, he seeks to inject a message of complete liberty and self-government into the conversation of police accountability. Eyre went to undergrad and grad school for law enforcement, then spent time in DC as an intern at the Cato Institute, a Koch Fellow at the Drug Policy Alliance, Directer of Campus Outreach at the Institute for Humane Studies, Crasher-in-Chief at Bureaucrash, and as a contractor for the Future of Freedom Foundation. In 2009 he left the belly of the beast and hit the road with Motorhome Diaries and later co-founded Liberty On Tour. He spent time in New Hampshire home, and was involved with Free Keene, the Free State Project and The Daily Decrypt.