Former Inkster, Michigan police officer, William Melendez will go to prison for severely beating at man during a traffic stop. The bloody beating of motorist, Floyd Dent was recorded on dash cam video, which shows Melendez punching Dent sixteen times. In November he was convicted of misconduct in office and assault with intent to do great bodily harm, both felonies. On Tuesday he was sentenced to 13 months to 10 years in prison by Wayne County Circuit Judge Vonda Evans.
“To Mr. Dent and his family, I am truly sorry that this has caused undue hardships in your personal life,” Melendez said in his apology before the sentencing. “And if you have any animosity towards law enforcement, that was not my intention.”
The victim’s niece read the following statement: “While someday I may be able to forgive him as a man, no one should ever forgive what he did as a police officer.”
Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality spokesman Kenneth Reed said in a statement that “the decision of the jury in this case, combined with Evans’ sentencing, sends precisely the message that needs to be sent: Police officers are servants of the people with one sole mission: to protect and serve.”