WORCESTER — Police are asking the attorney general’s office to review possible hate crime charges against a Worcester man accused over the weekend of spewing racial slurs at two young black boys while whipping a glass bottle at them.
Michael J. Feeney, 41, of 17 Upsala St., Apt. 3, was arrested Saturday after police were called about a man throwing glass bottles at little boys there.
Officers James Wickes and Daniel Gilbert spoke to a neighbor who told them a man named Michael had thrown a bottle at the boys, ages 9 and 6. The youths were riding scooters past the man’s home.
The neighbor told police she heard the man — later identified as Mr. Feeney — yell out racial epithets along with some profanity. Mr. Feeney allegedly tossed the bottle from his third-floor deck, the officer wrote in his report.
One of the boys suffered a cut on his hand, and they both ran off.
A short time later a man in a wheelchair went by Mr. Feeney’s home.
“Michael yelled something at the man in the wheelchair, then threw a white plastic chair from the porch at him,” Officer Wickes wrote. The man in the wheelchair was not hurt.
Neighbors said they continue to have a problem with Mr. Feeney. Officer Wickes said he has had dozens of similar complaints about him over several years.
Police found glass and a chair in the road.
One of the boys showed police his cut, which may have required stitches. He and his friend told police Mr. Feeney was drunk and yelling obscenities at them.
The officers went to Mr. Feeney’s home, and he demanded to know why they were there, the officer wrote.
“I advised him that he was under arrest, and to place his hands behind his back. He refused and took a bladed stance (angling the body with one foot farther away than the other, as if to fight), and raised his fists toward me,” Officer Wickes wrote. “I attempted to take control of his right arm, but he swung it back, narrowly missing my face.”
Police were able to gain control of Mr. Feeney, although they said he tried to run away several times.
Mr. Feeney allegedly muttered that he couldn’t believe he was going to jail because of the two boys, whom he referred to with a racial slur. Officer Wickes wrote the report was sent to the Detective Bureau so it could be then forwarded to the attorney general’s office.
Police said the matter has been sent to the attorney general’s office.
Mr. Feeney was arraigned Tuesday in Central District Court on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a dangerous weapon, resisting arrest and civil rights violation with injury.
He posted $250 cash bail and will return to court Oct. 19.