Cops captain charged with smashing male’s head to ground


A VETERAN PROVIDENCE cops captain revealed on video smashing a handcuffed male’s face into the pavement over the July 4 weekend was charged with easy attack Thursday. Providence Cops Capt. Stephen Gencarella pleaded innocent throughout his arraignment in Sixth District Court in Providence./ PBN FILE IMAGE

PROVIDENCE (AP)– A seasoned cops captain revealed on video smashing a handcuffed male’s face into the pavement over the July 4 weekend was charged with easy attack Thursday.

Providence Cops Capt. Stephen Gencarella pleaded innocent throughout his arraignment in Sixth District Court in Providence.

His lawyer, Michael Colucci, stated outside the court house that the 25-year department veteran utilized force since he thought the suspect was grabbing a weapon. He stated officers later on discovered the male had actually a knife stowed in a weapon holster on his waist.

” Policeman are licensed to utilize sensible force choices, readily available to them in the minute, to attend to dangers as they emerge throughout a battle,” Colucci stated.

Gencarella stays on paid injured-on-duty status with a wage of more than $100,000, though Cops Chief Hugh Clements Jr. has actually suggested he be fired.

The department formerly identified he broke a minimum of 6 company policies throughout the July 3 occurrence.

Cops state Gencarella and another officer, Lt. Matthew Jennette, apprehended a 21-year-old male for leaving his parked automobile ignored in a travel lane near the city’s India Point Park following a vacation fireworks event.

The department states the officers struck the male in the head, handcuffed him and took him to the ground after he withstood arrest.

Video of the occurrence recorded by a spectator then reveals Gencarella getting the male’s head while he is lying face down and smashing it into the roadway.

Jennette stays on active service and his actions are still under evaluation, cops authorities have actually stated.

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