City of Inkster names new interim police chief

The city of Inkster named a new interim police chief Tuesday. 

The city announced Dr. Joseph Thomas Jr. as interim chief. He is the former chief of the Southfield Police Department. 

Vickie Yost was the interim chief in Inkster, but she resigned last month amid a department investigation following the traffic stop beating of Floyd Dent in January. 

Former officer William Melendez has been charged with assault and misconduct in that incident. He was fired from the department.

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