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Michigan police gave ‘high fives' and made fun of beaten suspect, says lawyer

02.04.2015  |  22:47

"It looks terrible for [the cops]," Floyd Dent's attorney Gregory Rohl told the M Live Media Group. "From what [Dent] remembers about what happened in there, they were doing high-fives and stuff behind him, making fun of him."

 "It looks terrible for [the cops]," Floyd Dent's attorney Gregory Rohl told the M Live Media Group. "From what [Dent] remembers about what happened in there, they were doing high-fives and stuff behind him, making fun of him."

The truth about what happened might soon come out. On Wednesday, a Wayne County Circuit Court judge ordered the Inkster Police Department to "make public the booking video, names of officers at the scene, mugshots, evidence photos, dispatch records and reports produced in connection with the arrest," the news service reported.

Dent's attorney expects to have all of the evidence within "48 hours."

The case has been filled with controversies from the get-go, when a video of the traffic stop went viral, showing police choking, punching and tasering Dent repeatedly, while he did not appear to be resisting arrest. Officers claimed Dent threatened to kill them, but all the officers' microphones had been turned off.

At one point in the video, officer William Melendez, the same officer who was allegedly choking Dent, appears to pull out a baggie of drugs and plant it into the car. Dent was charged with possession of crack cocaine, though he has since passed a drug test and passed a lie detector test, in which he claimed the drugs were not his. The results have been passed along to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office, which yesterday said it would reevaluate the drug possession charge.

All other charges against Dent, including resisting arrest and assault, have been dropped. Dent, a 57-year old Ford employee, has no criminal history.

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