Fmr Inkster cop charged with felonies after traffic stop beating caught on camera

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy took a stand Monday against police brutality as she announced criminal charges against a former police officer who was caught on camera beating a man during a traffic stop.

Worthy announced William Melendez is being charged with misconduct in office, mistreatment of a prisoner, and assault with intent to commit great bodily harm. All of which are felony charges and Worthy said the first two counts have five years each while the third charge has a ten year sentence possible.

The video of the January incident didn't surface until March, two months it happened. That was something Worthy stressed to the media. Click here to watch her announce the charges.

After its release, the video sparked outrage and an intense investigation. The video showed then-Inkster Officer William Melendez, a former Detroit officer known as 'Robocop', punching Dent during the stop and arrest. He was fired after the video surfaced and now he's being charged. 

"We cannot turn our heads when a law enforcer becomes the law breaker," Worthy said. 

News of the charges spread quickly and Dent, along with Rev. Charles Williams II, applauded Worthy's swift actions.

"I would like to thank Prosecutor Kym Worthy for her courage," Dent said.

"We got justice from the Wayne County Prosecutor now we gotta wait this case out and we're going to get justice on the other side of it," Williams said. 

Also on Monday, Melendez was also let go from his part-time job with the Highland Park Police.

As for Dent, the cocaine charges levied against him are gone.

"Mr. Dent's drug charge will be dismissed in the interest of justice," Worthy said. 

Dent and his attorney have said the drugs were planted on his client and others participated or stood by during the alleged assault. His attorney, Greg Rohl, says they need to be charged.

"I believe that others need to be brought to justice. Again I'm happy about today but there's always tomorrow," Rohl said.

But prosecutor Worthy said the investigation is over and the charges against Melendez are what they believe they can prove. 

Melendez and his attorney had no comment.
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