March 31, 2015

While Dent was sitting in the back seat of a cruiser, police say they found a small bag of cocaine ... a video released this week shows [the officer] pulling a bag of drugs from his pocket.

Floyd Dent never felt pain like he did the night of 28 January.
At about 10pm, the Detroit native says he went to visit a blind friend in the neighboring city of Inkster, to deliver a bottle of Rémy Martin and a 40oz of Bud Ice. He stayed for a few minutes, then left to drive home.
Moments later, a police cruiser behind him flipped on its overhead lights. According to a police report on the incident, Dent, 57, had failed to use a traffic signal and disregarded a stop sign. He continued to drive at roughly the same speed for about three-quarters of a mile, to a well-lit area where he says he felt comfortable. There, near an old police station, he pulled to the side of the road.

The police say Dent was driving with a suspended license. According to the office of Dent’s attorney, Greg Rohl, his driving record indicates the suspension was related to an unpaid driving ticket from several years ago.
Dent opened his door and put both his hands out of the window.
“I wanted to let them know I’m unarmed,” he told the Guardian.
But officer William Melendez – believing Dent was reaching for a gun – approached with firearm drawn. What happened next was captured on a patrol car camera.
No audio of the incident exists. According to Dent, one of the officers told him to “get out the car, before I blow your fucking head off”.
Dent opened his door and was dragged out of his Cadillac; almost immediately, Melendez put him in a chokehold. Melendez then proceeded to deliver 16 blows to Dent’s temple. This all took place in about 15 seconds. Another officer arrived moments later and proceeded to use a taser stun gun against Dent, three times. In the video, Dent, with blood dripping from his forehead and cheek, appears not to be resisting Melendez’s efforts to arrest him.
In the police report, Melendez contended that as he had approached Dent’s open car door, the 37-year veteran Ford employee, who had no criminal history, looked at him “with a blank stare as if on a form of narcotic” and plainly stated: “I’ll kill you.”
Dent says Melendez choked him so tightly he couldn’t breathe.
“At one point, I just gave up,” he said in an interview on Sunday at his attorney’s office. “I thought that was it for me.”
At a later hearing, Melendez testified that even before any traffic violation occurred, he planned to investigate Dent simply because he had stopped to visit someone in a part of Inkster known for problems with drugs.
Melendez, 46, claimed Dent was immediately combative and bit his forearm, though he would later testify there were no marks because he was wearing several layers of clothing. Dent denies the accusation. Melendez said the bite was enough reason to begin repeatedly punching Dent.
“I was afraid that I might contract something,” Melendez testified, earlier this month. “I needed to assure that Mr Dent would not do that again.”
For that, Dent says he spent two days in hospital for a fractured left orbital, blood on the brain and four broken ribs.


  1. Lying is a giving with these jackboots.

  2. Officer Melendez is another clear-cut example of why we need mandatory professional malpractice insurance policies purchased individually (not by the department) by each and every police employee. His record in both Detroit and Inkster is so bad his premiums would have skyrocketed to the point of driving him out of policing early in his career. Instead, with cities paying the judgements against him (and the attendant insurance premiums) he was free to continue abusing the public.

  3. freewheelinfranklin543March 31, 2015 at 11:34 AM

    Qualified immunity for police,judges and prosecutors has got to go too! They have created a special class of citizens with rights superior to the ordinary man and woman and that isn't right.The People should have RIGHTS.Government officials while in office should have NONE! Your idea of individual insurance policies is a very good one!

  4. That is one of the best ideas I have heard to date on the matter.

    Public servants should have no rights and should be the most regulated jobs in the nation.

  5. In Brazil the government gave judges to right to set their own pay.

    Once in control of someone else cash they decided they should earn at least two hundred grand a year with city judges paying themselves two million a year.

    This what is happening to the American Middle Class; we are being destroyed by the political class's greed.

  6. The regulation I would like to see is if a public servant gets caught in any lie in the course of their dealing with the public, there is mandatory firing. No three strikes, no probation, just outta here, right now.

  7. I also believe that if you work in any state or federal job and get convicted of a felony you voided your pension and benefits and you should never be hired by another government agency, barred, for life, if you resign your position.

  8. Take the lawsuit settlement out of the cops' pension funds, then they will be more careful.