- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 15, 2017

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - A former Worcester police officer on trial for allegedly beating a shackled prisoner in his cell in 2014 has claimed that he acted in self-defense after the inmate struck first.

The Telegram & Gazette (https://bit.ly/2l8anSK ) reports that attorneys for Michael Motyka (moh-TEE’-kuh) argued Tuesday in court that Gerald Jones - a man they claimed has a “propensity for violence” - initiated the conflict.

Prosecutors say the 17-year police veteran entered Jones’ cell during a heated exchange, struck the handcuffed 48-year-old man and kicked him while he was on the floor.

Defense attorney James Gribouski alleged that Motyka went into Jones’ cell after witnessing him “fiddling with something in his pants” that could have been contraband or a weapon.

Motyka was indicted on a single charge of assault and battery.


Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), https://www.telegram.com

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