WORCESTER, Mass. — A lawyer says a white Massachusetts police officer charged with assaulting a shackled black prisoner will seek treatment for possible post-traumatic stress disorder that may be related to his military service.
Officer Michael Motyka (moh-TEE'-kuh) was arraigned Friday on charges including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Pleas of not guilty were entered. Motyka was released on personal recognizance.
The 17-year Worcester (WUS'-tur) police veteran is accused of assaulting the prisoner at the police department on Dec. 1 and making a racially disparaging remark to him. He's on paid leave pending a termination hearing.
Defense lawyer James Walckner says Motyka's actions may be related to PTSD. He says Motyka served nine years in the military and had tours in Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield.