Detroit-area officer gets 13 months in prison for assault

Posted at 5:48 PM, Feb 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-02 17:48:16-05

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area police officer whose bloody beating of a motorist was captured on dashcam video has been sentenced to at least 13 months in prison for assault.

William Melendez was an Inkster police officer a year ago when he stopped Floyd Dent, who was pulled from his car after rolling through a stop sign and punched in the head 16 times.

In a statement a family member read in court Tuesday, the 58-year-old Dent says Melendez stopped him because he was a “black man in a Cadillac.”

Melendez told a judge he’s “truly sorry.”

The maximum punishment is 10 years in prison. It’s up to the parole board when to release Melendez.

Melendez was fired after WDIV-TV aired the video last March. Inkster agreed to pay $1.4 million to Dent.