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Worcester Police Officer Arrested after Internal Investigation

Worcester, MA (April 9, 2015) - On March 17, 2015 the Bureau of Professional Standards received a complaint from a 48-year-old male stating that he was assaulted by a Worcester Police Officer while in the Worcester Police Department cell room. The complainant stated that the incident occurred while he awaited transfer from the Worcester Police Department to the Worcester County District Courthouse for arraignment. The incident occurred on 12/01/2014 at approximately 8:00AM.

The complainant and witness alleged that during the prisoner release process, the officer made a disparaging remark with respect to the complainant’s “black” skin.

The complainant further alleged that he was in the holding cell, handcuffed and shackled, when the officer entered the secured room. According to the complainant and witness, the complainant was forced against a wall, punched, thrown to the floor and kicked.

Based on the allegations an investigation was started by members of the Bureau of Professional Standards. During the investigation probable cause was established to charge the officer with Assault and Battery, Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon (shod foot) and a Civil Rights Violation.

On Thursday, April 9, 2015, 50-year-old Worcester Police officer Michael Motyka was placed under arrest. Mr. Motyka is a 17 year veteran of the department.

This investigation is ongoing. Mr. Motyka was placed on paid administrative leave pending a termination hearing.

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