Settlement reached in Floyd Dent Inkster police beating case

Floyd Dent and the city of Inkster have reached a settlement in the police beating case.

Attorney Nic Bennett, an associate attorney with Greg Rohl Law, confirmed the case was settled. He told FOX 2 that he hopes the judge in the case will sign the settlement agreement. 

FOX 2 has confirmed the case was settled for $1.37 million. 

Police pulled over Dent back in January for running a stop sign. Dash cam video shows Dent being hit in the face repeatedly by police. Dent admitted to running a stop sign that initiated the arrest, but says police planted cocaine in his vehicle. He was facing drug charges but those have been officially dropped. 

The charges were thrown out in the wake of the officer involved, William Melendez, being charged with assault to do great bodily harm. In court, the prosecutor's office cited insufficient evidence for the reason to drop those charges against Dent.

Thursday both sides are expected to be in court later Thursday morning to get the judge's approval on the settlement.

Ultimately, the taxpayers will foot the bill for the settlement since no fund exists to pay for this type of litigation. 

"It averages to around 6.5 mills per resident, so, it will be on the summer tax bills, and that's a bit unsettling considering that council was not aware of this situation. It happened in January - January 28 - and we were just apprised in March of this incident. So that issue has not settled yet. We're still trying to figure out why we were not notified," says Inkster mayor Williard Hampton Jr. 

The settlement means Dent cannot pursue any further legal action against the city of Inkster or the Inkster Police Department. 

Separately, Melendez is also appearing in court Thursday for his preliminary examination. 


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