PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island police division is in search of to fireside an officer after a video confirmed him smashing a handcuffed man’s face into the pavement throughout a fireworks celebration on Fourth of July weekend.
The Windfall Police Division mentioned Friday that Capt. Stephen Gencarella has been accused of violating a number of division guidelines governing conduct, lawfulness, and truthfulness.
“Based mostly on the info and circumstances offered, Windfall Police administration has really useful that Capt. Gencarella be terminated from his employment,” the division mentioned in a press release saying its determination.
Gencarella and one other officer arrested Armando Rivas, 21, for leaving his parked automobile unattended in a roadway on the metropolis’s India Level Park on July 3, The Boston Globe reported.
A video shared on YouTube, which has since been taken down, reveals Gencarella grabbing Rivas’ head and slamming his face into the pavement as Rivas was handcuffed and mendacity face down, the Globe reported.
Gencarella is presently employed however went on injured-on-duty go away on July 6, a division spokesperson confirmed to the newspaper. Below labor guidelines, he might select to resign or search a listening to on the division’s advice to fireside him.
The Globe reported that on July 5, Rivas pleaded no contest to obstructing police, resisting arrest, and two counts of easy assault on the officers; he was positioned on probation for a 12 months.
The Windfall police union didn’t reply to a name in search of remark, and efforts to contact Gencarella have been unsuccessful Friday.
A separate investigation into the incident by the state lawyer common’s workplace is ongoing.