Floyd Dent to settle with Inkster for nearly $1.4M

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Floyd Dent, the 57-year-old Detroit man who was shown on dashboard camera being beaten by an Inkster police officer during a traffic stop, is close to finalizing a settlement with the city for close to $1.4 million, according to The Detroit News.

Inkster Mayor Hilliard Hampton told the News that the city offered $1.37 million about a week ago. Dent attorney Nick Bennett said the settlement agreement is expected to be finalized in court on Thursday.

The officer who punched Dent — William Melendez, 46 — is also expected to appear in court on Thursday. Last month, Melendez was fired from his police jobs in Inkster and Highland Park, according to the Free Press. Melendez, who called himself "RoboCop," faces charges of misconduct in office and assault with intent to do great bodily harm. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison. 

Read MT investigative reporter Ryan Felton's story on the incident in The Guardian.

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