Detroit Area Police Officer Charged With Beating Motorist Pleaded Not Guilty

A judge set his bond at $25,000.

Dashcam video shows Inkster police officer William Melendez punching Floyd Dent in the head during a traffic stop back in January.

Prosecutors say they didn’t know about the beating until the video aired in March.

Melendez appeared in court yesterday — facing felony charges of mistreatment of a prisoner and assault.

His defense attorney says the assault charge is excessive.

Melendez has since been fired.