Philly police officer charged with assault in domestic-related cases

A Philadelphia police officer has been charged with simple assault and related offenses in several domestic-related incidents, the department announced Wednesday.

Gerald Smith, 51, surrendered to the department's Internal Affairs Unit on Wednesday, police said. He has been with the department for 17 years and was most recently assigned to the 39th Police District in the city's Nicetown section.

Court documents describe the victim as a 46-year-old woman, but do not specify her relationship to Smith.

According to court documents, Smith punched the woman in her left eye in January 2016 inside his house. In June, he allegedly hit her in the chest with the back of his hand in a car following an argument about whether or not the woman could accompany him to Auto Zone.

In October, Smith again assaulted the woman in his car by bending her finger when she tried to turn the radio down, police said.

The following day, the woman was granted a protection from abuse order against Smith, according to court documents.

On Nov. 1, more than a week after the restraining order was issued, the victim was sitting in her parked car when she saw Smith drive by her and make a gun gesture using his right hand, police said.

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Officer Gerald Smith.

Smith was arrested and charged with three counts each of simple assault and endangering the welfare of another person, and one count each of terroristic threats and violation of a protection order, police said. All of the charges are misdemeanors.

Police Commissioner Richard Ross has suspended Smith for 30 days with the intent to dismiss.