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A suburban Detroit police chief has stepped down after one of her officers was charged in the beating of a black man that was recorded on dash-cam video.
Inkster police chief Vicki Yost resigned on Wednesday, two days after Officer William Melendez was charged with two felony counts for dragging Floyd Dent, 57, from his car and then kicking and punching him 16 times and putting him in a chokehold.
The police department has been under investigation since the video, taken during a traffic stop in January, was aired by NBC Detroit affiliate WDIV.
Melendez, who was fired earlier this month, is charged with mistreatment of a prisoner and assault. He pleaded not guilty this week. He faces up to 15 years in prison.
Yost submitted her resignation Wednesday evening and gave 30 days' notice, but Inkster City Manager Richard March released her immediately, saying he "wished her well," WDIV reported.
The video sparked protests in Inkster and questions from the county prosecutor. At a news conference in March, Yost urged the public to await results of an internal probe.
"I think what's really understated here is the restraints and the limitations of a police department to speak while there's an ongoing criminal investigation," she told WDIV on Wednesday. "It's really difficult as a police chief when facts are flying about, some of which are patently false."
Dent faced a drug possession charge after police officers testified that they found crack cocaine in his car, which he said was planted by the officers. That charge will be dropped, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said earlier this week.