( 4UMF NEWS ) Officer Fired After Seen Beating Black Suspect:
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 12 more minutes of dash cam video. Defense lawyer Nick Bennett says he saw only highly edited video.
The video shows two officers throwing Dent to the ground and Melendez repeatedly punching him in the head.
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.
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