Providence Police Captain Charged With Simple Assault

A 25-year veteran of the Providence Police Department is now charged with assault.

Captain Stephen Gencarella was seen on video slamming a man's face into the pavement during an arrest last month.

He's been notified that Chief Hugh Clements wants to fire him and he's requested a hearing under the Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights.

Gencarella is currently on paid injured-on-duty status.

The Captain says he will fight his dismissal.

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