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Unarmed Black Man Beaten By Michigan Police Settles For $1.4 Million

Floyd Dent’s brutal beating by police for driving through a stop sign was caught on video. He sustained serious head injuries and now suffers from memory loss.

Posted on May 28, 2015, at 3:08 p.m. ET

Floyd Dent, who was beaten by police in Inkster, Michigan, for running a stop sign on Jan. 28, settled a lawsuit with the city for $1.4 million on Wednesday, his attorney's office told BuzzFeed News.

Larry Edsall / AP

Floyd Dent, center, stands with protesters in front of the Inkster police station on April 3.

Dent was pulled over by the police for running a stop sign. When he got out of his 2011 Cadillac, he was thrown to the ground, place in a chokehold, and struck in the head 16 times by Inkster Officer William Melendez, his lawyer said.

Another officer attempted to place handcuffs on Dent while he was being hit, and a third used a Taser on him three times.

The whole incident was caught on video by the police car's dashboard camera, and the video was first released in March by Local 4 Defenders, a news station based in Detroit.

The video shows Dent reaching up with one arm while Melendez apprehended him. Police allege that Dent was resisting arrest and that they were protecting themselves.

When he testified in court, Dent described the effects of the incident.

"Sometimes I have loss of memory. I can't really think straight, and I forget things to say," he said.

On April 21, Melendez was fired from the police department and charged with misconduct in office and assault with the intent to do bodily harm. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison.

The next day, Inkster Police Chief Vicki Yost resigned.

Dent told the Local 4 Defenders how he felt about the settlement.

"Money isn't everything," he said. "It can't buy happiness."

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