UPDATED at 1:20pm, Oct. 1, 2012 - Philly.com has identified the officer:
Law enforcement sources identified the officer as Lt. Jonathan Josey, a 19-year veteran of the force who is currently assigned to Highway Patrol unit. Josey was cited for bravery by the Citizens Crime Commission for fatally shooting an armed robber in 2010 while he was off-duty. Josey happened to walk into a Bala Cynwyd 7-Eleven in 2010 while Kenneth DeShields, an Iraq war veteran, was holding up the store. He was cleared of any charges in the incident.
City Councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez, a central organizer of the parade, said she spoke with Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey this morning, and that Ramsey was particularly upset because the incident involved a commanding officer.
UPDATED at 1:00pm, Oct. 1, 2012 - Philly.com has this update:
Police spokesman Lt. Ray Evers said the department is "fully aware" of the video and what it depicts. He said the officer involved has been identified and Internal Affairs opened up an investigation in to the incident this morning. He said Commissioner Charles Ramsey, who is in San Diego at a conference, is also aware of the video.
Evers declined to publicly identify the officer, but did say he is a supervisor in Highway Patrol. He did not know if the officer had been placed on desk duty.
Police also declined to identify the woman, who was given a disorderly conduct citation for the incident. According to Evers, the 39-year-old woman's citation states "liquid and some other objects were thrown at a group of officers causing a large crowd."
She was the only person given a citation for the incident, Evers said.
Almost three years ago I passed along this friendly advice to cops everywhere:
In case you haven't noticed, there are more cameras being carried by more people than ever before in history.But as you can see in the video above, some of you weren't paying attention.
So if you're planning on packing heat at the next neighborhood snowball fight; you might want to rethink. Your random act of stupidity might end up being flashed around the world for all the world to see.
Gisela Valentin caught a horrifying act of police brutality of camera that would otherwise be brushed under a rug. A man with a water bottle can be seen spraying what’s left of his on a group of police.
The actual ‘water guy’ walks away, but when the (assuming) sergeant (or officer of even higher rank) turns around, he immediately assumes it was a woman who sprayed him with water. Worse yet, instead of properly arresting her, he sucker punched her right in the face!
Not only that, but it is obvious from the evidence that lower ranking officers saw that she was not the culprit. As the woman is being hauled away, you can see the blood dripping from her face.
Philadelphia Police Sergeant Punches Woman In The Face Puerto Rican Day Parade