Video: Man Who Slapped Philadelphia Officer Is Struck With Baton
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Less than three weeks after a video of a Philadelphia police officer punching a woman went viral on the internet, another video of police force in Philadelphia has surfaced.
The incident happened during South Street’s Oktoberfest on September 29th. Unlike the incident last month when Lt. Jonathon Josey punched a woman in the face in a seemingly unprovoked attack during the Puerto Rican Day Parade, the latest video shows the suspect hit the officer first.
In the video, the suspect, identified as John Scrivano, who police say was intoxicated, yells at the officer before ultimately slapping him on the side of his face. The officer drew his baton, and apparently lashed the man repeatedly, even after the two fall to the ground.
Further details regarding the altercation were not immediately released. However, sources say Internal Affairs is investigating the case because of the use of force. The officer’s name has not been released.
Scrivano’s girlfriend says he suffered a broken orbital bone as a result of the beating. Scrivano faces assault charges and is due in court Tuesday. Authorities say the officer remains on the street.
The incident took place the same weekend Lt. Josey punched 39-year-old Aida Guzman of Chester. Lt. Josey has been suspended with intent to dismiss.