A Worcester police officer is heading to court to face charges that he assaulted a handcuffed and shackled prisoner and made racially disparaging remarks to the man.
Michael Motyka is scheduled to be arraigned Friday on charges including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
The 50-year-old Motyka was arrested Thursday following an internal investigation.
The 48-year-old alleged victim says Motyka entered the holding cell, punched him, threw him to the floor and kicked him and made a remark about the man's "black skin."
The alleged victim came forward on March 17.
Chief Gary Gemme called the allegation a "blemish" on the department.
It was not clear if Motyka has a lawyer. A message left for a Michael Motyka in the Worcester area was not immediately returned.