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Fired Michigan Officer Sentenced in Beating of Motorist

February 02, 2016  | 

Former Inkster, MI, police officer William Melendez was sentenced to 13 months to 10 years for beating a motorist. (Photo: Michigan State Police)
Former Inkster, MI, police officer William Melendez was sentenced to 13 months to 10 years for beating a motorist. (Photo: Michigan State Police)

A Wayne County (MI) Circuit Court Judge Vonda Evans sentenced Inkster police officer William Melendez to 13 months to 10 years behind bars.

Melendez sat stoically in court Tuesday as Evans, in usual fighting form, unleashed a lengthy discussion of the acts he was convicted of.

“You utilized your Dirty Harry tactics and used excessive force to arrest him,” Evans told the officer.

Evans said she got letters from various people testifying to Melendez’s high character and past acts of heroism, including saving people from a burning building.

Where was that man on the day Dent was beaten? “The way you denigrated that man was awful,” Evans said. Melendez was found guilty in November of assault and misconduct in the bloody beating of Dent during a traffic stop that was captured on video.

Police stopped Dent, 58, in Inkster for disregarding a stop sign, and dashcam video from a police vehicle shows Melendez punching him 16 times in the head.

Melendez was fired. Inkster later agreed to pay $1.4 million to Dent, who suffered broken ribs, blood on his brain and other injuries, CBS Detroit reports.

Comments (2)

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Leonard @ 2/4/2016 9:16 AM

Sad...this sorry excuse of a man only got 13 months. Not only did he assault the victim, he attempted to plant drugs on him as well. He deserved at least 5-10.

Percy @ 2/4/2016 1:50 PM

This POS certainly should do a lot closer to the maximum of his sentence.
Mind you I don't really think that is out of the ordinary.
He grievously injured this man cost his town over $1 million and further tried to ruin the man's life by bringing further false charges (mind you I don't really think that is out of the ordinary.) and for what?
Fun, simple racism, was he bored? I'm quite sure he will be allowed to hide away and receive further protection while incarcerated, provided by the public purse.
This is what law enforcement officers believe should have passed for punishment for running a stop sign. Perhaps Mr. Dent is lucky that this creature didn't simply blow his head clean off.
I am glad he came up against a good judge.
Perhaps also US cops being sent to Europe to be trained how to not always kill people will also touch on traffic stops like this and $23.1 million settlements in the case of yet another black civilian abused by a racist white cop.

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