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INKSTER, Mich. – A Detroit-area police officer charged with assault in the beating of a motorist is scheduled to make his first court appearance.
William Melendez is due in Inkster District Court on Tuesday, a day after charges were announced in the bloody beating of Floyd Dent.
The 57-year-old Dent was repeatedly punched in the head during a traffic stop in Inkster on Jan. 28. Prosecutors didn't know about the beating until a TV station in March aired dashcam video of the arrest.
Melendez insists he did nothing wrong. He's been fired as an officer in Inkster and Highland Park.