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    Ex-Mass. Cop Sentenced for Kicking Handcuffed Prisoner
    NBC Boston
    Michael Motyka

    A former Massachusetts police officer convicted of kicking a handcuffed and shackled prisoner has been sentenced to two years of probation. 

    Ex-Worcester officer Michael Motyka was also ordered by a judge Wednesday to continue treatment for the post-traumatic stress disorder he has suffered from since his time in the Army. 

    The 52-year-old Motyka was convicted at a bench trial in June of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon for kicking Gerald Jones in December 2014. 

    Prosecutors say the 17-year police veteran lost his temper after Jones yelled profanities and racial insults. Motyka is white and Jones is black. 

    Officer Arrested Amid Assault, Racism Accusations

    [NECN] Police Officer Arrested Amid Assault, Racism Accusations
    Michael Motyka, a 17-year veteran police officer in Worcester, Massachusetts, is accused of beating a man and making racist remarks.
    (Published Thursday, April 9, 2015)

    Motyka testified that he entered the cell because he thought Jones had a weapon and acted in self-defense when Jones attacked first. There was no camera in the cell at the time.

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