Woman will face assault charges from confrontation with Chester city police

Steve Tawa
May 07, 2019 - 6:16 pm
A Delaware County Magisterial District Judge has ordered a 20-year-old Brookhaven woman to face assault charges in a confrontation with Chester City police during a St. Patrick's Day celebration that turned into a drunken brawl.

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DELAWARE COUNTY, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — A Delaware County Magisterial District Judge has ordered a 20-year-old Brookhaven woman to face assault charges in a confrontation with Chester city police during a St. Patrick's Day celebration that turned into a drunken brawl. 

Chester Police Sgt. Daniel Hoffman says as he "responded to a call of a riot, coming on scene, he found 30 plus" people that he tried to disperse, yelling to them "the party is over, go home!"

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When fights broke out as he put a handcuff on a woman, he testified he was blindsided by two approaching women who were screaming at him.  

Sgt. Hoffman says he told them several times "to back off," but one of them, whom he identifies as Domenique Difiore, struck him with an open palm or clenched fist in the side of the face.

He says he reacted and struck her, and she fell to the ground on her stomach. He let go of the woman he was arresting and yelled to Difiore to put her hands behind her back. When she wouldn't, he tased her back between the shoulder blades. 

Multiple cellphone video making the rounds on social media captured the officer striking the woman and knocking her to the ground. Apparently, it happened after Difiore and three others tried to crash a house party.


  
Judge Andrew Goldberg ordered Difiore to stand trial on charges that include aggravated and simple assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Three other defendants - 20-year-old Tess Herman of Springfield, 18-year-old Jaylene Westfall of Levittown and 21-year-old Shawn Connelly of Philadelphia - agreed to negotiated waivers that saw their charges reduced to public drunkenness and resisting arrest. 

All will be arraigned in June.

The Chester police department noted "a partial video of the event is circulating on various social media platforms." It says "the incident, the video, and level of force used in connection with the event are all currently under investigation." It adds "there were numerous assaults and a college age St. Patrick's celebration going on in the neighborhood at the time of this incident."