Not guilty plea for officer charged in taped beating

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Posted: Apr 21, 2015 5:30 PM
Not guilty plea for officer charged in taped beating

INKSTER, Mich. (AP) — A judge has entered a not guilty plea and set bond at $25,000 for a Detroit-area police officer charged in the beating of a motorist that was caught on video.

William Melendez appeared in Inkster District Court on Tuesday, a day after the charges of mistreatment of a prisoner and assault, both felonies, were announced in the bloody pummeling of Floyd Dent.

The 57-year-old Dent was repeatedly punched in the head during a traffic stop in Inkster on Jan. 28. Prosecutors say they didn't know about the beating until a TV station aired dashcam video in March.

Defense attorney David Lee told reporters that the assault charge is excessive. He says Melendez is "upbeat" despite the controversy.

Melendez has been fired as an officer in Inkster and Highland Park.