A former suburban Detroit police officer caught on camera repeatedly punching, kicking and tasering an unarmed black man during a traffic stop will stand trial, a district court judge ruled Thursday afternoon.
Former Inkster, Michigan, officer William Melendez was charged with assault with intent to do great bodily harm and misconduct in office and fired after a January incident involving Floyd Dent, who was stopped after running a stop sign.
Wayne County District Court Judge Sabrina Johnson found there was enough evidence to put Melendez on trial Thursday afternoon, approving an additional charge of assault with strangulation after Dent testified in court and recounted the night he was arrested.
Melendez’s next court date is set for June 10.
Dash-cam video shows Melendez dragging Dent out of his vehicle, putting him in a choke hold and striking him repeatedly during a traffic stop on Jan. 28. The video was first obtained and released by NBC affiliate WDIV in March.
“Why you beating on me like this?” Dent can be heard asking after he was thrown onto the hood of a police cruiser.
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SOURCE: NBC News, Daniella Silva