- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

BOSTON (AP) - A Boston police officer accused of assaulting an Uber driver while off duty has been indicted on civil rights violations.

A Suffolk County grand jury Thursday indicted Michael Doherty on charges including assault and battery, assault and battery for purposes of intimidation and violation of constitutional rights. He was suspended without pay afterward.

Authorities say Doherty beat and made ethnic slurs against an Uber driver and also made ethnic slurs while threatening another Uber driver who attempted to intervene.

The Jan. 4 incident happened after the 16-year police veteran took an Uber car from Charlestown to South Boston.

Doherty pleaded not guilty and posted $500 bail after his arrest. His lawyer at the time said Doherty disputed the charges.

Doherty’s new attorney could not immediately be reached for comment Thursday.

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