DETROIT - A jury has convicted an Inkster officer whose bloody beating of a driver was captured on video of assault and misconduct in office.
The jury rendered their decision Thursday, also finding Melendez not guilty of a strangulation charge.
Melendez is being held without bond until his sentencing on Dec. 3. His wife stormed out of the courtroom after Judge Vonda Evans announced Melendez's bond was denied.
The jury this week rode in vans to see the street in Inkster where Floyd Dent was stopped by police and punched in the head 16 times by former Inkster police officer Melendez last January.
The dashcam video wasn't publicly known until the Local 4 Defenders aired it in March. Melendez was fired, and Inkster agreed to pay $1.4 million to the 58-year-old Dent.
Melendez didn't testify at trial. Defense attorney James Thomas said the punches were justified because Dent was aggressive and resisting police.
But prosecutors argued Melendez abused his power.
"Why did he beat on him like that? There's no other reason except that he thought he could do it and get away with it," said assistant prosecutor Robert Donaldson.
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