No “Philly Shrug” at City Hall Protest of Josey Verdict

Freshman Daily News columnist Helen Ubinas coined a phrase last month: The Philly Shrug. “Litter? Disgraceful! But – shrug – whadya-gonna-do?” That sort of thing. A lot of jaded media types likely exhibited something akin to the Philly Shrug yesterday when they learned the judge who acquitted former Philly Lt. Jonathan Josey of assault is himself married to a city police officer. (E.g., Philebrity, whose headline read “The Judge That Acquitted Jonathan Josey Is Married To A Cop, Because Of Course He Is.”)

No shrugs outside City Hall today, where 60 or so protesters from the city’s Puerto Rican community (Josey punched the woman during last year’s Puerto Rican Day parade) demonstrated against the decision, the conflict of interests, and everything else that’s wrong with this story. Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez, who is of Puerto Rican descent, was there too, telling the crowd, “I don’t want to be the next Aida Guzman.” Guzman was also in attendance. []

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