Former Mich. Cop Who Brutally Beat Black Motorist to Be Released From Prison

Michigan Department of Corrections
Michigan Department of Corrections

A former Inkster, Mich., police officer who was convicted after being captured on dashcam video repeatedly punching a black motorist during a traffic stop nearly two years ago is scheduled to be released from prison sometime this week, the Detroit Free Press reports.


William Melendez was sentenced to spend 13 months to 10 years in prison for the assault of Floyd Dent. His release comes after he spent 14 months in prison.

According to the Free Press, a spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Corrections didn’t give an exact date or time for Melendez’s release, only saying that it will be “the week of Jan. 24.”


Dent, who was 57 at the time of the incident, suffered various injuries as a result of the beating, including four broken ribs and a fractured eye socket. Dent had claimed since the beating that he can’t think straight and suffers from some memory loss.

In May 2015, Dent settled with the city for almost $1.4 million.

As the Free Press notes, Dent spoke with WDIV-TV last week about Melendez’s impending release.


“I knew this day would come,” he told the station, adding that he has forgiven the now former cop.

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At least the victim got a settlement. And the cop actually spent time in jail. Sigh. Not much comfort.