INKSTER, Mich. (AP) — In a story April 15 about the videotaped beating of a black motorist in suburban Detroit, The Associated Press, relying on information from radio station WWJ-AM, reported erroneously that a judge said defense lawyers could receive additional police dash cam video. The judge said lawyers could receive video of the man being booked after his arrest.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Inkster police fire officer in motorists' videotaped beating
Inkster police fire white officer over black driver's videotaped beating during traffic stop
INKSTER, Mich. (AP) — Police in suburban Detroit have fired a white police officer who was videotaped beating a black motorist during a traffic stop.
Teamsters Local 214 representative Al Lewis tells MLive.com that Inkster police fired Officer William Melendez on Wednesday.
The January arrest of 57-year-old Floyd Dent has drawn widespread protests.
Wayne County Circuit Judge David Groner said Wednesday that Dent's lawyers could receive all video of Dent's police booking. Defense lawyer Nick Bennett says he saw only edited booking video.
Separate dash cam video shows two officers throwing Dent to the ground and Melendez repeatedly punching him in the head during his arrest.
Police say Dent refused to stop and had cocaine in the car.
Dent says police planted the cocaine. He returns to court April 29 on a drug charge.