- Associated Press - Thursday, November 5, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - A Detroit-area man has described to a jury how he was beaten and strangled by a police officer during a traffic stop that was recorded by a patrol car’s dashcam.

Floyd Dent testified Thursday in Wayne County Circuit that he was “choked … for so long” that he couldn’t breathe.

Dent also said he “passed out for minute” and “didn’t resist in any way.” Police video shows Dent was pulled from his car and punched 16 times in the head while in a chokehold.

William Melendez is charged with assault. He denies wrongdoing. He was fired by the Inkster police department after the Jan. 28 incident.

Cocaine possession and resisting an officer charges were dismissed against Dent, who reached a $1.4 million civil settlement with the city.

Testimony resumes Monday.


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