Man beaten by Inkster police arraigned for drugs he says were planted

Floyd Dent winces when asked about what happened.

"Every - every night, I just cry," he said.

Dent becomes emotional thinking about the beating was caught on camera leaving him battered and bloodied at the hands of the Inkster Police Department.

"We're not anti-cop here - we're anti-Robocop," said Greg Rohl, Dent's attorney. 

Rohl was with Dent as he pleaded not guilty to possession of cocaine during that incident.

Dent alleges physical abuse by the Inkster police and planting of drugs during a traffic stop.  Resisting and obstructing charges were previously dismissed at the preliminary examination by District Court Judge Sabrina Johnson. 

Wednesday he was arraigned on the possession of  cocaine under 25 grams before Judge David Groner.  The docket conference is scheduled for 9 a.m. April 15.

Rohl says that cocaine was planted by police and Dent took a lie detector test to prove it.

 "(It) categorically underscores the fact that the cocaine was not Floyd's," Rohl said. "And that he never threatened to kill the police officers, which was the heart of their excuses to beat him down like an animal."

Rohl says once the video is isolated, slowed down and enhanced it shows the cocaine was planted.

"After the state troopers left the scene all of sudden you see the man reach into his pocket," Rohl said. "Then it's obstructed by another officer and then all of a sudden bingo-bango, he's got a bag of cocaine. It doesn't work that way people, it doesn't work that way."

Rohl asked the judge to order Inkster police to hand over evidence. He says nine to 11 officers were involved in the beating but only four were mentioned in the police report.

He also wants the video from Dent's booking - where he says officers were seen exchanging high fives in the background.

"What happened to Dent should never be repeated," Rohl said. "And if we can achieve that, at the very least then we've turned something tragic into something good."

With two charges already dropped against Dent, Rohl is asking for a federal investigation. 

Dent is thankful for the surge of support he's had in light of the incident.

"Just being in the spotlight I thought not in a million years something like this would ever happen to me," he said. "That I would be in the situation that I'm in."

Protesters gathered outside the Inkster Police Department Wednesday. 

Inkster Police Chief Vicki Yost released a statement about the Dent situation, saying: 

"We encourage patience and appreciate our residents waiting for this investigation to run its course. We respect the rights of people to respectfully protest, and the investigation is ongoing. We will follow the facts and take appropriate action."

Protesters plan to march 10 a.m. Friday from the old police station location where the incident happened to the site of the new station at 26279 Michigan Avenue.
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