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**UPDATE** Reason Cop Found Not Guilty of Punching Woman in Face!

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Cop Punch Verdict Sparks Protest at City Hall

Updated at 05:35 PM today

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PHILADELPHIA - March 1, 2013 (WPVI) -- Demonstrators rallied against the not guilty verdict against a Philadelphia Police officer who punched a woman on video.

Judge Patrick Dugan delivered the ruling against former police lieutenant Jonathan Josey last week.

Those demonstrators, from the area's Hispanic community, held a protest in front of Philadelphia City Hall on Friday, saying they are upset with the judge - and the judicial system - for the outcome that cleared Josey of assault charges.

"A judge who upholds a crime against women, no women are safe in Philadelphia now," said one protestor.

Josey was videotaped punching Aida Guzman at the Puerto Rican Day parade last September.

The woman who was hit, Aida Guzman, was struck in the face and fell to the ground.

During his trial, Josey testified that he was trying to knock a beer bottle out of Guzman's grasp.

Judge Dugan called video disturbing but says there was insufficient evidence to convict Josey of simple assault.

Since the verdict, it's come to light that Dugan's wife is also a Philadelphia police officer. Experts say that's information that should have been disclosed before trial.

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams permitted the trial to go on without a jury, allowing the judge to reach a verdict on his own.

Williams said he was unaware about Judge Dugan's wife and the conflict of interest but was unavailable to comment Friday.

Municipal Court's president Judge Marsha Neifield refused to comment citing a judicial code of conduct.

"The appearance of impropriety is worse than impropriety itself. The appearance of it ruins people's confidence in the justice system," said Guzman's attorney Enrique Latoison, during Friday's protest.

Meanwhile Latoison plans to ask U.S. Justice Department to pursue a civil rights criminal investigation against Josey.

*Again, where are Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton!? The woman didn't even have a bottle in her hand!*

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