Mich. Man Beaten and Tased During Traffic Stop Caught on Dash Cam

Dash Cam Video of Man Beaten, Tased During Traffic Stop

The Root reports that 57-year-old Floyd Dent was beaten by the police, who Dent also accused of planting drugs in his car

by The Root, March 27, 2015

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Mich. Man Beaten and Tased During Traffic Stop Caught on Dash Cam

Mich. Man Beaten and Tased During Traffic Stop Caught on Dash Cam

Something was off from the beginning of the traffic stop when two Inkster, Mich., police officers approached Floyd Dent's car with guns already drawn. According to Dent, 57, when he was stopped on Jan. 28, officers dragged him out of his car, choked him, beat him, used a stun gun on him and planted drugs in his car. The entire incident was caught on patrol-car video, the Detroit Free Press reports.

"He was beating me upside the head," the 57-year-old autoworker told reporters at a press conference on Wednesday. "I was trying to protect my face with my right arm. I heard one of them say, 'Tase the motherf–cker.' " As the Free Press notes, video shows officers approaching Dent's 2011 Cadillac with weapons drawn before they pull him out and push him to the ground. In the video, it does not seem that Dent is attempting to resist.



While Dent is on the ground, Officer William Melendez can be seen putting him in what appears to be a choke hold and repeatedly hitting Dent in the head. Another officer attempts to restrain Dent with handcuffs, but one of the autoworker's arms is up in an attempt to protect his head.





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