The Michigan police officer known as “Robocop” is finally facing felony charges for the brutal beating of Floyd Dent, a 57-year-old man who was dragged out of his car and punched repeatedly, even though he never raised a finger towards officers.
Robocop aka William Melendez, who was fired from the Inkster Police Department last week after dash cam video of the incident surfaced a month earlier, is now facing up to 15 years in prison on felony charges.
Hopefully, this time the charges stick considering last time he was indicted on felony charges for allegedly stealing guns and drugs from suspects as well as planting drugs on suspects, a jury found him not guilty.
But that was back in 2004 when there was no video evidence.
According to the Detroit Free Press:
Charges have been issued against a fired Inkster police officer accused of repeatedly punching a man in the head during an arrest caught on video.
William Melendez, 46, has been charged with misconduct in office, a five-year felony, and assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, a 10-year felony, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced during a news conference today.
“The job of a peace officer can be dangerous,” she said. “But we cannot tolerate those who abuse their authority, violate their oath and prey on citizens rather than protecting them. We cannot turn our heads when the law enforcer becomes the law breaker.”
Local 4 News, which broke the story last month, also obtained new video from the jail after police brought him in after the beating, refusing at first to transport him to the hospital, even though he pleaded with them to do so. That video is posted below.
Also, Melendez’s police unions are still defending him, claiming the actions taken against the officer are nothing but a political hit against Robocop.
“This happened in January. A report was filed, reviewed by supervisors and nothing was found. So as far as we knew it was found he didn’t violate anything,” said Al Lewis, of Teamsters Local 214.
Lewis said Melendez wasn’t fired from the Inkster Police Department because of his actions, but because of the Local 4 Defenders investigation which showed him hitting Floyd Dent 16 times in the head during a traffic stop.
“When that videotape hit the airwaves, all of the sudden it was a big deal and we were told yesterday that the investigation we though was completed was still in progress, and right after they said that they issued Officer Melendez his discharge papers,” said Lewis.
And Lewis is correct. Had the video never been published by the news media, the Inkster Police Department would have swept the entire incident under the carpet as police department do every single day throughout the country.
Dent, who was charged with assault on a police officer as well as possession of cocaine, is finally clear of all charges after prosecutors dismissed the pending cocaine charge, which he had always alleged had been planted by Melendez.
And knowing Robocop’s history, that is highly probable.