Massachusetts cop arrested, accused of assaulting handcuffed suspect

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(CNN) — A Massachusetts police officer allegedly said something about a prisoner’s “black” skin, shoved him against the wall of his cell, punched him, threw him down and kicked him.

Michael Motyka of Worcester was arrested on Thursday and will be arraigned Friday on a civil rights violation, assault and battery, and assault and battery with a deadly weapon — his shoed foot, police said in a statement.

“The majority of the incident was caught on security cameras that are in a fixed position down in the holding cell room,” Worcester police Sgt. Kerry Hazelhurst told CNN affiliate WCVB. The video has not yet been released.

The beaten prisoner was awaiting transfer from the Worcester Police Department to a court for arraignment in mid-March and was cuffed and shackled. He filed a complaint, and a witness corroborated his account.

Motyka, a 17-year veteran, is on paid administrative leave and also faces a termination hearing, Worcester police said.

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