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Criminal Justice & Legal System

2-week trial expected in Inkster police beating case

City of Inkster sign.
City of Inkster
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The city is facing a multi-million dollar deficit.

A  judge says a trial is expected to last about two weeks for a police officer seen on video repeatedly punching a motorist in the head during a suburban Detroit traffic stop.

Jury selection begins Monday in the case of 47-year-old William Melendez and Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Vonda Evans says that's expected to last two days. The Detroit News reports 90 prospective jurors will be impaneled. Opening statements are Wednesday.

Melendez is charged with assault. He was fired by the Inkster Police Department after the Jan. 28 incident in which Floyd Dent is seen on video being pulled from his car and punched.
 
 
Melendez denies wrongdoing.
 
 
Charges of cocaine possession and resisting an officer were dismissed against Dent, who reached a $1.4 million civil settlement with the city.