Former Inkster police chief tells her side of resignation

A suspect cleared and a former police officer charged after a violent arrest caught on camera.

More fallout from the Floyd Dent arrest beating happened Wednesday with the sudden resignation of Police Chief Vicki Yost.

Yost told FOX 2 it was something she felt she needed to do. It came down to differences of opinion she and city administrators had0.

She said it wasn't just about the police beating of Dent by former officer William Melendez, but it had "alot to do with it."

FOX 2: "Do you feel that the city stood in your way of doing your job?"

Yost: "Absolutely."

It is not the way Yost planned to end her tenure as Inkster's top cop after just five months. She handed in her resignation with 30-days notice but the city decided it would be effective, immediately.

She said city administrators never gave her a reason why.

"What happened today ... we have a philisophical difference on the direction of the police department," she said. "And the support of the officers in the community."

Inkster's police department has been under scrutiny after the dash cam video of Dent's January arrest surfaced. 

Yost said she was notified right away, watched the video and launched her own internal investigation. 

"The video is shocking," she said. "And it's hard to watch. But let me also point out, in my mind, we have to talk about officer response in proportion with that response."

In March, Yost said she referred the case to the Michigan State Police and placed Melendez on desk duty.

 At the same time, the Wayne County Prosecutor's office was handling the case against Dent, accused of resisting arrest and possessing crack cocaine.

Yost said the assistant prosecutor in the case had the dash cam video. 

"The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office and the Michigan State Police asked that I stand down on my internal investigation so it did not conflict with their criminal investigation," she said.

But Yost and her attorney Dana Nessel said that Inkster city administrators wanted the chief to take action before the facts of the case had come out.

"She had a city council, a city manager, that were interfering with the criminal investigation in this case," Nessel said. "There were several times where Chief Yost was being ordered to do things relevant to the investigation even though she had been asked by both the Michigan State Police and specifically (Wayne County Prosecutor) Kym Worthy herself, to put her investigation on hold."

Inkster City Manager Richard Marsh eventually fired Melendez before the prosecutor's office issued charges. 

Yost came under fire for not letting Melendez go sooner - something she says she wouldn't do until the internal investigation and the independent investigation had been complete.

Yost says that it wasn't until the arrest video hit the media with the public outcry that followed, that the prosecutor started pursuing charges against Melendez. He is now facing two felonies for assault and misconduct. Then it decided to drop the charges against Dent.

Yost says that her department never had anything to hide. 

"I would question anybody who would rush to judgement because that's not what our criminal justice system is about," Yost said. "It is about a fair trial decided by a judge and or jury. It's important that everybody whether it's Melendez or somebody else is entitled to that right."

The city of Inkster issued a statement thanking Yost for her service and wished her the best in her future endeavors. 
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