Detroit-area police chief quits after officer is charged

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Posted: Apr 22, 2015 6:30 PM

INKSTER, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area police chief has resigned, two days after one of her officers was charged with assault in the bloody beating of a motorist.

Inkster Chief Vicki Yost resigned Wednesday. City Manager Richard March tells WDIV-TV that he "wished her well."

William Melendez was charged Monday with assault and mistreatment of a prisoner during a Jan. 28 traffic stop. Floyd Dent was pulled from his car and repeatedly punched in the head, a beating that wasn't publicly known until WDIV aired the police video in March.

A cocaine charge against the 57-year-old Dent was dismissed Wednesday at the request of prosecutors. He claims police planted drugs in his car.

After the video surfaced, Yost met in public with protesters and said she understood their concerns. Melendez has been fired.