Former Inkster police officer facing more accusations of excessive force

William Melendez accused of punching man in face

William Melendez
William Melendez

INKSTER, Mich. – A former Inkster police officer who served time in prison for beating a man during a traffic stop is facing more accusations that he has used excessive force while on duty.

William Melendez was released from prison in January after spending 14 months behind bars for beating Floyd Dent in January 2015.

Melendez is no longer an officer, but another person has come forward, alleging he was hit during an encounter with the officer.

According to records, Melendez and two other Inkster police officers responded to a call about a man having an argument with his girlfriend about money on July 28, 2014.

The officers told Steven Abdullah to leave the home. He began to gather his things to leave, but the situation escalated into an argument between Abdullah and the officers, documents said.

According to the complaint, Melendez punched Abdullah in the face and continued to beat him up.

Records also showed that the other officers, James Ture and Cary Born, helped Abdullah, but also used a Taser on him before and after he was handcuffed, and he needed to go to the hospital for his injuries.

It is accused that Abdullah’s constitutional rights were violated by the use of excessive force, and that force equated to gross negligence of the officers while on duty, documents said.

Court files read: "The actions of Defendants were at all times objectively unreasonable in violation of Plaintiff's clearly established rights under the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution which proximately resulted in significant injuries to the Plaintiff."

The city of Inkster is also accused of constitutional violations for failing to properly train and supervise police officers.

Abdullah and his attorneys have requested that charges be brought against the officers and the city of Inkster.

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