- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - A black motorist who was pulled from his car, repeatedly punched in the head by a white police officer and subdued with a stun gun in suburban Detroit is due back in court April 15.

A not guilty plea was entered Wednesday for 57-year-old Floyd Dent during his initial appearance in Wayne County Circuit Court on the drug possession charge.

The January beating was recorded on police dashcam video. Dent says the officers planted cocaine in his car.

Protesters joined Dent and picketed Wednesday outside Inkster police headquarters, carrying signs saying, “We demand human rights” and “Stop the violence.”

Dent says he’s innocent and was trying to protect himself. Police say he refused to stop, resisted arrest and threatened them.

A judge earlier dismissed charges of fleeing and resisting police.

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