Floyd Dent is a hard working man from Detroit whose life has been changed forever by a severe beating at the hands of police. Dent found himself driving through the city of Inkster, Michigan, in his Cadillac when he was stopped by police for running a stop sign. Dent is seen in police dash-cam video driving at a normal rate of speed and stopping for police when he noticed their flashing blue lights. What happened next brings to mind the infamous Rodney King video as police punch, choke and taser Dent and a total of six police officers jump on the man.
At first, police claimed that Dent opened the door to his car and threatened to kill the officers. However, there was no microphone on any of the cops who assaulted Dent to substantiate this claim. In the video, cops immediately draw their weapons and take down Dent. One officer, identified as Melendez, puts Dent in a choke hold and delivers a series of 16 blows to his head and face, while another officer struggles to handcuff Dent who is gasping for breath. Then a third officer comes along and tasers Dent a total of three times.
Police claim they found a baggie of crack cocaine in the Dent’s car, which Dent denies. Fortunately for Dent, when the judge reviewed the dash-cam video all charges of resisting arrest and assault on police officers were dropped. However, Dent still faced charges of possession of crack cocaine and was offered a plea deal of probation if he confessed to the charge. Dent refused and underwent drug testing, which showed he had no illegal drugs in his system and a clean criminal record. In addition, Melendez is under scrutiny because in 2003 he was charged with planting evidence on a suspect but was later cleared. Dent has a court date on April 1, 2015, to face the charges of possession of crack.