Inkster official responds to more Floyd Dent beating fallout

Inkster fallout continues following the Floyd Dent police beating investigation.

After the dash cam video went viral, former police officer William Melendez is charged with two felonies, Police Chief Vicki Yost quit and a civil suit is likely.

How does the city move forward? FOX 2's Charlie Langton went looking for answers, speaking to City Manager Richard Marsh. 

"There was no reason for that resignation." Marsh said of Yost, who resigned unexpectedly Wednesday. 

Her resignation coincidentally came the same day that criminal charges against Dent for drugs he claimed were planted, were dropped. 

"What happened is we essentially have a philosophical difference on the direction of the police department," Yost told FOX 2's Taryn Asher Wednesday. "And the support of the officers in the community."

FOX 2: "Was she doing a good job?'

"There were some very positive things she was doing in some other areas," Marsh said. "As with any employee, we have areas where we talked about developing and working on as well."

Yost was the interim chief, four months ago the city conducted a national search for a permanent chief. After resigning, she could have stayed on for 30 days but her resignation was effective immediately.

FOX 2: "She said it was difficult to do her job because some micro-managing was going on?"

"I'm not sure what she was referring to, regarding that," Marsh said.

Marsh said that Yost was one of five finalists to get the permanent job. Because of the resignation, that won't happen and the national search will continue.

But the other issue. What about this video?

Anyone looking at that video, you tell me did you see Mr. Dent resisting arrest," Marsh said.

Marsh also spoke of the possible civil lawsuit in the works by Dent and his attorney.

"We hope to hear from our attorneys by the middle of next week," he said. "I've asked that our attorney does reach out to Mr. Dent's attorney for discussions on what they're thinking and what they have on their mind."

There is an internal investigation still going on and the city manager says that if additional evidence is found, more officers will face discipline. 

"I would like to apologize on behalf of the city of Inkster for what he went through here," Marsh said. "And what I saw on that tape, I thought it was egregious."
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