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Racist cop sentenced in beating of innocent Black man in Michigan

Former police officer William Melendez(Image Source: INkster Police Department)

Former police officer William Melendez(Image Source: INkster Police Department)

The story of Floyd Dent, who was beaten by racist Inkster, Michigan police, is finally getting justice. Dent was the target of a traffic stop and beating when he made a wrong turn and got lost driving through the city of Inkster. He was 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.

Floyd Dent (YouTube Screen Shot)

Floyd Dent (YouTube Screen Shot)

One officer identified as William Melendez took particular delight in putting Dent in a chokehold and delivered a series of 16 blows to his head and face until Dent was knocked out. The entire incident was caught on police dash cam video. Dent was charged with resisting arrest, assault on police officers and possession of crack cocaine. In addition, he denied possession of crack and it was revealed that Melendez was once accused of planting drugs on a suspect. He was offered a plea deal for possession of crack and ordered to pay a fine. Dent refused and demanded a blood test, which showed he had no drugs in his system. All charges against Dent were dropped and he received a $1.4 million settlement against the city of Inkster.

In April 2015, Melendez was fired by the department and was charged with misconduct in office and assault with intent to do great bodily harm in the Dents case. He was found guilty by a jury in November 2015 and finally sentenced this past Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. Judge Vonda Evans of the Wayne County Circuit Court delivered a sentence and a verbal lashing to Melendez. She stated, “You were so into your bravado that you forgot the eye of justice was recording you. You knew better. You were better trained than any of those officers out there. You were more experienced.”

Melendez was sentenced to 13 months to 10 years in prison on the assault charges and 90 days on misconduct in office charge. He issued the following apology before the sentence was delivered: “I am truly sorry that this has caused undue hardships in your [Dent] personal work, and if you have any animosity toward law enforcement, that was not my intention.”

But Floyd Dent was dissatisfied with the result of the sentencing and stated to media, “If it was left up to me, I would give him 15 years. All the lying and humiliation and everything he’s done. He’s supposed to be an officer of the law.”

Judge Vonda Evans of the Wayne County Circuit Court in Michigan gave a firm scolding to racist cop William Melendez


  1. guest on February 3, 2016 at 10:18 am

    They really need to set a precedence and come down harder on these corrupt cops. Crimes by law enforcement officers should be punished the same way crimes against LEOs are punished. If assaulting an officer gets you more time than assaulting the average citizen, why doesn’t the same standard apply for LEOs that assault citizens. Especially considering that they are paid by our tax dollars to protect and serve. They should also consider that this was obviously not the first time this cop had done something like this. Punish for something like this should be twenty years minimum.

    • inujosha3 . on February 4, 2016 at 12:48 pm

      Hoping he stays in the full 10 years. Glad Dent is $1.4M richer now though.

  2. Jason on February 3, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    This race soldier got off easy. He should have been giving a mandatory 5 year sentence.

  3. Robert Tyler on February 15, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    Melendez learned a beautiful lesson. Just because you WERE

  4. Robert Tyler on February 15, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    Melendez learned a beautiful lesson. Just because you WERE an officer and most probably white officers reinforced you can get away with brutalizing african-american people. Well, that backfired. Melendez humiliated Mr. Dent and made fun of his pleading for justice. It was a big joke for these officers. Guess, whose sorry now. Melendez better join a hispanic prison gang with the quickness. As well he got lectured by a lovely COMPETENT judge who sent his rice and bean eating ass to the place he, undoubtedly, sent others, unjustly. Liang, the asian officer, who shot akai gurley in ny and let him die because worrying about his job was more important also will have to join an asian prison gang. He can corner the stir-fryed rice market in the joint.

    • eck on May 29, 2016 at 5:38 pm

      “most probably white officers reinforced”
      Nothing like a bit of racism to fight racism, eh? Good job there, sport.

  5. Doug23 on March 13, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    I hope they put Officer William Mendez in the general prison population. That’s where real justice will be served. Hopefully, the life of Officer William Mendez will be changed forever.

  6. Just on April 11, 2016 at 3:06 am

    I am in love with Judge Vonda Evans after watching her speak during sentencing. She is an AMAZING woman.

  7. Sugar in my tank on June 13, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    If this man remotely did anything similar to what those animals with a badge did and lived to tell, he would be facing 20+ years in prison. Dehumanizing, despicable ABUSE OF POWER. Start going after their pensions and stop having the tax payers foot the bill for corrupt cops…

  8. Win8-TrackBlows on October 31, 2016 at 2:11 am

    Simple. Double the sentence for every crime they commit under color of authority that a civilian would expect to receive. If you have 10 times the power to commit a crime, the least you deserve is double the time.