Brutal Police Beating of Floyd Dent

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Dash Cam Footage of the Brutal Police Beating of Floyd Dent – Assaulting Officers History of Law Suits and Grand Jury Indictments for Violence and Corruption

In January Michigan State Police officers pulled over 57-year-old Floyd Dent a 37 year employee of Ford Motor Company, for a traffic violation. The dashcam video, which was obtained by WDIV and released on Tuesday, shows Mr. Dent opening the door to his car only to be met by officer William Melendez (more on Melendez’s history of violence and planting evidence below) who withdrew his gun and aimed it directly at him. Dent with his hand up appears not to resist as Officer Melendez drags him out of the vehicle. Officer Melendez proceeds to place Mr Dent in a chokehold and punch him 16 times in the head. The second officer arrives and then tries to handcuff Mr Dent. A third officer arrives and uses a Taser three times on Dent in short succession.

The beating left Mr Dent with four broken ribs, a fractured orbital and blood on the brain.

“I’m lucky to be living. I think they were trying to kill me, especially when they had choked me,” Dent told WDIV. “I mean, I was on my last breath. I kept telling the officer, ‘Please, I can’t breathe.’”

Police said they pulled Dent over for failing to make a complete halt at a stop sign, and later followed his Cadillac down the street through one of the state’s predominantly black neighborhoods.

Dent, who was unarmed and has no criminal record, said he was not intentionally trying to get away, and video shows him driving at the same speed while cops followed behind him. Dent said he did not immediately stop because he was unaware he did anything wrong.

“When the overhead lights came on, I looked and said, ‘Wow, are they stopping me?’” Dent said. “So I just kept going until I realized that they were really stopping me.”

“The next thing I know, the officer runs up to me with his gun, you know, talking about blowing my head off,” Dent continued. “Then he grabbed me out of the car and started beating on me, you know. I just couldn’t believe it.”

Dent said he had his hands out after opening his car door. Officers said they did not see both hands and claim Dent yelled, “I’ll kill you.” However, there is no recorded audio from the incident, WDIV reported.

“You have six responding vehicles. Not one officer is equipped with a microphone to take down this alleged threat,” Dent’s attorney, Greg Rohl, told the local news station.

“When the overhead lights came on, I looked and said, ‘Wow, are they stopping me?’” Dent said. “So I just kept going until I realized that they were really stopping me.”

Dent said he didn’t try to flee police, and the video shows his Cadillac driving at a consistent speed until he pulled over.

“I had pulled over and opened my car door. I had my hands out,” Dent said.

Police said they ordered Dent to put his hands up, but they could only see one. Police said Dent yelled, “I’ll kill you,” at the officers.

Dent’s attorney, Greg Rohl, said there’s no audio of the alleged threat.

“You have six responding vehicles. Not one officer is equipped with a microphone to take down this alleged threat,” Rohl said.

Police said Dent refused to put his hands behind his back. Dent said he thought he was being choked to death and tried to pull the officers’ arms away from his throat. One of the officers said Dent bit him on the arm, and that’s why he started punching Dent. Police said the force was needed to restrain Dent.

The officer who said he was bit did not seek medical attention or photograph the bite marks.

“I’m lucky to be living. I think they was trying to kill me, especially when they had choked me. I mean, I was on my last breath. I kept telling the officer, ‘Please, I can’t breathe,’” Dent said.

Dent was not armed, but was driving on a suspended license. Police said they found a bag of crack cocaine under the passenger’s seat, but Dent said it was planted.

Dent, who retired from Ford Motor Co. after 37 years, has no criminal record. Dent said a blood test revealed he didn’t have any drugs in his system.

“I don’t have to sell drugs. I don’t sell drugs,” Dent said.

Officer William Melendez aka. RoboCop the officer who assaulted Floyd Dent was with the Detroit Police Department in 2003 and was indicted by a Federal Grand Jury after a year long investigation as the ringleader of 17 Detroit Officers and brought up on charges ranging from  planting evidence, falsifying reports, stealing money and drugs as well as reselling the drugs. However, a jury found the officer not guilty.

In an excerpt about the case on Attorney Micheal Rataj’s website:

All 17 were indicted on one count of conspiracy against rights, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Eight officers were charged with additional civil rights violations. The indictment cited 21 instances of rogue conduct between April 2000 and December 2002. Zani was also indicted on two counts of deprivation of rights under color of law and use and carrying of firearm during crime of violence.

Melendez was also indicted on two counts of deprivation of rights under color of law, possession of a stolen firearm and carrying of firearm during crime of violence. Watkins was also indicted on one count of possession of a stolen firearm. From April 29, 2000, to about June of this year, the indictment said the officers conspired with others to violate the constitutional rights of various people. The officers tried to identify people involved in drug trafficking and where they sold drugs by breaking into residences and conducting illegal searches for drugs. They also illegally detained people on the street, searched and questioned them, the indictment said.

If they found drugs, firearms or contraband during the illegal searches, they would decide which ones to arrest. Then they would falsify their police reports to justify the criminal charges and the initial searches and seizures, the indictment said. They sometimes kept some or all of the money, drugs or firearms they found during the searches, the indictment said. If they found too little contraband, the indictment said, they would plant drugs, guns or money, claiming they found them on or near the people chosen for the illegal arrest.

They also intimidated people they found inside the houses with threats of violence or illegal arrests, the indictment said. Sometimes, they used body cavity searches to demean the people they were trying to intimidate. In some cases, the officers would take money from the people they confronted in exchange for not arresting them, according to the indictment. Besides falsifying police reports, they also lied in court, the indictment said.

Officer William Melendez aka. RoboCop has a history of being sued multiple times for the use of unreasonable force and shooting an unarmed man which was settled for over $1 Million dollars in 1999.

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Click On Detroit reported:

More than 50 people have marched outside the Inkster police department to demand the firing of the two white officers involved.

Inkster Police Chief Vicki Yost met protesters Wednesday and said the incident is being investigated by Michigan State Police. She says the officers are on paid leave.

The Rev. Charles Williams II threatened to “shut Inkster down until we get justice.” Yost says she’s not hiding anything but won’t take further action until the investigation is completed.

Local News 4 has hinted that there may be a second video revealed soon showing Officers planting evidence during Floyd Dents arrest.

UPDATE

New video released by Mr Dent’s Lawyer reportedly shows Officer Melendez pulling a bag of crack cocaine out of his own pocket after performing the vehicle search.
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