Geer Services, Inc.
Geer Services, Inc.
Geer Services, Inc.
Underwoods
Claude Nolan
Charles Parish
Geer Services, Inc.
San Marco Properties
Oct 022012
 

WPVI/ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) — The Philadelphia cop under investigation for punching a woman in the face has had 13 previous complaints against him over his 19 years on the force, but co-workers insist he is “a good cop.”

A video posted on YouTube shows the officer punching a woman in the face and knocking her to the ground before she is led off bloodied and handcuffed.

The officer has been identified as Lt. Jonathan Josey.

“If I was in a jam, I’d want him backing me up,” Lt. Ray Evers told ABC News. “He’s a good cop, but the video speaks for itself and the investigation will reveal whatever it reveals.”

Josey, 39, has had 13 complaints made against him over his career, but Evers said that it is hard to qualify whether that is a lot, a little or average. He said it is not entirely unusual for officers who have frequent contact with people in rougher neighborhoods to have complaints made against them.

He said the 13 complaints against Josey range from verbal abuse to physical abuse.

“It’s hard to decide if that’s a lot or a little,” Evers said. “Most were unfounded or not sustained.”

Evers said documentation regarding whether Josey was ever disciplined was not immediately available to him. Josey could not be reached for comment.

Investigators are looking for more information on the circumstances surrounding the incident. They are asking that anyone who may have witnessed the incident call Internal Affairs.

“We don’t see exactly what happened before,” Evers said, referring to the video. “It doesn’t look good and the naked eye sees that.”

The woman was identified as Aida Gusman, 39, a mother of three and domestic worker, according to ABC News Philadelphia station WPVI. She denied throwing anything at police and said she did not know why she was punched.

“I’m 40 years old. I don’t have time to play games like that,” Gusman told WPVI. In addition to her facial injury, she has cuts and bruises on her arm and hand.

Josey was placed on “restricted status” on Monday, meaning that he is relegated to “administrative duties pending the outcome of the investigation,” Evers said.

The video was taken at Sunday’s Puerto Rican Day Parade, an event that Evers said “usually goes off without a hitch.”

“Internal Affairs opened up an investigation in reference to the incident and the actions of that officer,” Evers said. “The incident is being fully investigated.”

The video shows a crowd of blue-shirted police officers standing in the middle of a street, around a car. Someone on the left appears to throw something resembling silly string or a liquid on the cops. An officer in a white shirt rushes out of the crowd and goes after a woman with long, dark hair and a black T-shirt.

Her back is to the camera so it is unclear if she was saying anything to him. The officer appears to punch her in the face and then hit her in the back of the head. She falls to the ground where two officers apprehend her and lead her off. As she passes the camera, blood can be seen streaming down her face.

“There were people in the crowd throwing items at the officer, water and other things,” Evers said.

The woman was taken into custody on a disorderly conduct charge and was later released. Evers said he believed she had a cut lip, but was not seriously injured.

The YouTube video, titled “Philadelphia Police Brutality,” was posted on Sept. 30 and has been viewed nearly 840,000 times. Viewers have left thousands of comments.

Some of the comments were in support of the officer, but the majority denounced his behavior.

“Regardless of what was done or provoked, the use of excessive force is apparent in this case. She was pursued and smacked, not restrained,” one commenter wrote.

“She is obviously not [sic] threat and can easily be subdued by a man of his size versus her small frame plus there was plenty of back up,” another wrote. “His position and authority contradict his actions, I would hope his rank was earned off of better judgement [sic] in the past because this was just shameful.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio 

Sep 242012
 

The video appears to show four men in uniform looking around before urinating on three dead bodies. (http://apacheclips.com)(WASHINGTON) — Two U.S. Marines have become the first to be criminally charged for allegedly urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters on camera.

Staff Sergeants Joseph W. Chamblin and Edward W. Deptola are allegedly two of the four Marines shown in a video made in July 2011 in southern Afghanistan in which the men urinate on the corpses of three Afghan men while chuckling, according to Marine Corps spokesperson Col. Sean Gibson. A voice can be overheard in the background of the video apparently addressing the killed fighters, saying, “Have a nice day, buddy.”

The two staff sergeants were officially charged with “posing for unofficial photographs with human casualties,” failing to properly prevent or report misconduct by junior Marines under their command, the indiscriminate firing of a grenade launcher and the indiscriminate firing of an enemy machine gun.

Three other Marines from the same unit previously received non-judicial punishments after pleading guilty in connection with the video. Punishments for those Marines included a reduction in rank, forfeiture of pay, and punitive letters for permanent placement in their personnel records.

In addition to the five Marines already facing punishments, a Marine Corps statement said “there are other pending cases related to this incident” and that further “disciplinary actions regarding other Marines will be announced at a later date.”

All of the Marines identified so far were assigned to Third Battalion, Second Marine Regiment at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Lt. Gen. Richard Mills, Commander General of Marine Corps Combat Development Command, referred both staff sergeants to a Special Court Martial. Referring their cases to a Special Court Martial skips the evidentiary hearings needed to proceed to a General Court Martial and also limits their potential punishments.

Gibson, a spokesman for Marine Corps Combat Development Command, said the maximum punishments available under a Special Court Martial is one year of confinement, a two-thirds forfeiture of pay for one year, a reduction in rank to Private and a bad conduct discharge.

The video was recorded during a counterinsurgency operation in Helmand Province on or about July 27, 2011, but it was not posted on the Internet until January 2012. As it spread on the Internet, it drew instant condemnation from top Pentagon officials who feared that it would lead to a backlash against American troops serving in Afghanistan.

Shortly after the video appeared online, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos initiated a criminal investigation to authenticate the video. He also commissioned a command investigation by a three-star general to determine what factors may have led to the recording of the video. Both investigations concluded in March.

Based on the information gleaned from the command investigation, Mills ordered a further inquiry completed in June that looked into possible misconduct by members of the unit involved in the incident beyond those depicted in the video.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Sep 182012
 

J.D. Pooley/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — No matter what Mitt Romney wanted this week to be about, it’s clear that it’s going to be about one thing: A campaign that is off message and in disarray.

The series of stories Monday morning that laid bare latent tensions within the Romney campaign, and in particular, displeasure with the one of the GOP candidate’s trusted advisers, Stuart Stevens, turnout out to be just the beginning.

But it was the late-day hidden camera dump by Mother Jones’ David Corn and video researcher James Carter that turned out to be the day’s real atomic bomb. The leaked videos showed a series of candid moments from a May Romney fundraiser at which the presidential candidate said, among other things, that “no matter what” he does, 47 percent of the population is going to vote for Obama because they are “are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it.”

In the video, Romney is also shown saying, “My job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

Even so, voters are clearly waiting for the debates to make a final judgment on Romney. At least that was the take away from a focus group of suburban swing voters from Northern Virginia voters conducted last night in Fairfax, Virginia by Peter Hart for the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

Despite being inundated with campaign ads, neither candidate has satisfied these voters’ desire for a cogent plan for implementing all of his proposals and promises. These voters are hoping, even though some admit it may be naïve to do so, that these debates are finally going to cut through the clutter and the attacks and the talking points.

For Romney, who has had a terrible September, the old Green Day song — “Wake Me Up When September Ends” — seems to apply because October 3rd can’t come soon enough.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Sep 182012
 

J.D. Pooley/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — No matter what Mitt Romney wanted this week to be about, it’s clear that it’s going to be about one thing: A campaign that is off message and in disarray.

The series of stories Monday morning that laid bare latent tensions within the Romney campaign, and in particular, displeasure with the one of the GOP candidate’s trusted advisers, Stuart Stevens, turnout out to be just the beginning.

But it was the late-day hidden camera dump by Mother Jones’ David Corn and video researcher James Carter that turned out to be the day’s real atomic bomb. The leaked videos showed a series of candid moments from a May Romney fundraiser at which the presidential candidate said, among other things, that “no matter what” he does, 47 percent of the population is going to vote for Obama because they are “are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it.”

In the video, Romney is also shown saying, “My job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

Even so, voters are clearly waiting for the debates to make a final judgment on Romney. At least that was the take away from a focus group of suburban swing voters from Northern Virginia voters conducted last night in Fairfax, Virginia by Peter Hart for the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

Despite being inundated with campaign ads, neither candidate has satisfied these voters’ desire for a cogent plan for implementing all of his proposals and promises. These voters are hoping, even though some admit it may be naïve to do so, that these debates are finally going to cut through the clutter and the attacks and the talking points.

For Romney, who has had a terrible September, the old Green Day song — “Wake Me Up When September Ends” — seems to apply because October 3 can’t come soon enough.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Sep 172012
 

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Leaked video of Republican nominee Mitt Romney at closed-door fund raisers show him using some very different talking points from the ones he tends to use publicly.  He is shown the videos saying that “no matter what” he does, 47 percent of the population is going to vote for Obama because they are, “are dependent upon government.”

In one portion of the speech Romney says he, “was born with a silver spoon” but in other he says he “inherited nothing.”

The video clips, which were posted by the liberal site Mother Jones, show Romney telling donors that 47 percent of voters will chose Obama “no matter what” because they are people, “who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it.”

“My job is not to worry about those people,” Romney says in the video. “I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

In a statement Monday, the Romney campaign said he cares about all voters.

“Mitt Romney wants to help all Americans struggling in the Obama economy,” said spokeswoman Gail Gitcho. “As the governor has made clear all year, he is concerned about the growing number of people who are dependent on the federal government, including the record number of people who are on food stamps, nearly one in six Americans in poverty, and the 23 million Americans who are struggling to find work. Mitt Romney’s plan creates 12 million new jobs in four years, grows the economy and moves Americans off of government dependency and into jobs.”

Portions of the video were posted anonymously on YouTube while longer, but still incomplete, versions were posted on Monday by Mother Jones, which claims it “has confirmed its authenticity.” ABC News has not thus far been able independently to validate the authenticity of the clips.

The Obama campaign responded swiftly and harshly to the comments.

“It’s shocking that a candidate for President of the United States would go behind closed doors and declare to a group of wealthy donors that half the American people view themselves as ‘victims,’ entitled to handouts, and are unwilling to take ‘personal responsibility’ for their lives,” Jim Messina, Obama for America campaign manager, said in a statement. “It’s hard to serve as president for all Americans when you’ve disdainfully written off half the nation.”

The tapes are, as Mother Jones reports, from fund raisers, “which occurred after Romney had clinched the Republican presidential nomination,” although it is not specified when or where the fundraiser was. The clips have been edited into 38-second to one-and-a-half minute chunks.

See the full videos from Mother Jones here.

In the series of leaked videos, Romney also tells supporters that if he, “had he been born of Mexican parents, “I’d have a better shot of winning this,” that he. “was born with a silver spoon — which is the greatest gift you can have: which is to get born in America,” and that he “inherited nothing” from his wealthy father.

“My dad and Ann’s dad did quite well in their lives, but when they came to the end of their lives and passed along the inheritances to Ann and to me, we both decided to give it all away,” Romney says. “So I have inherited nothing. Everything Ann and I have we have earned the old fashioned way.”

Romney explains to the campaign donors that he has not been harsher in his attacks against President Obama because he is trying to win over people who voted for Obama in 2008.

“And because they voted for him, they don’t want to be told that they were wrong, that he’s a bad guy, that he did bad things, that he’s corrupt,” Romney says. “Those people that we have to get, they want to believe they did the right thing, but he just wasn’t up to the task.” Critics would argue, however, that those talking points are just what the Republican base wants to hear.

On the economy, Romney said the markets would react favorably if he won the White House on Nov. 6.

“We’ll see — without actually doing anything — we’ll actually get a boost in the economy,” he says, admitting two sentences later that he, “can never predict what the markets will do. Sometimes it does the exact opposite of what I would have expected.”

And while the Republican candidate’s campaign said Monday that he would start offering more specifics about his policies, Romney said during this fundraiser that, “in a setting like this, a highly intellectual subject — discussion on a whole series of important topics typically doesn’t win elections.”

Like President Obama, Romney lets press into some parts of his fund raisers that are held at public venues. Often, reporters are allowed for one part of a three-part event. When fund raisers are held at private homes, the press is barred altogether. The types of question-and-answer sessions that are captured in these videos are generally closed to the press.

President Obama similarly does not allow press to sit in on question-and-answer sessions, and most political experts know comments tossed as “red meat” to big donors — on either side of the political aisle — won’t play as well to an open audience.

The Romney campaign announced earlier Monday, before Mother Jones posted the videos, that cameras would now be allowed into fund raisers at public venues.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio