Target: Inkster Police Chief Vicki Yost
Goal: Fire police officer with history of excessive force and alleged corruption.
Officer William Melendez has been the target of numerous corruption investigations and successful excessive force lawsuits, yet he remains on as a law enforcement officer in Inkster, Michigan. Melendez’ history demonstrates that he should no longer have a badge and a gun. Demand that he be fired at once.
The professional history of Melendez reads like a guide on how to make the prototypical bad police officer. In 1996, he shot and killed an unarmed man at a traffic stop, an incident for which the city was forced to pay $1 million. He has received more citizen complaints than any other officer in his department. He has also been successfully sued for excessive force four separate times.
It doesn’t stop there. Additionally, Melendez was accused by the federal government in 2003 of corruption, planting false evidence, and falsifying charges, but was later acquitted. Now, he is under internal investigation for brutally beating an unarmed man at a traffic stop and allegedly planting crack cocaine on him. His history is so controversial that he is known in law enforcement and judicial circles as “Robocop.”
Enough is enough. Where there is smoke there is bound to be fire, and this man is too dangerous to be given any more second chances by his department. Sign the petition below to demand that Inkster Police Chief Vicki Yost fire him at once so his reign of terror can come to an end.
Dear Chief Yost,
I am writing you today regarding your department’s William Melendez. This officer has been marred by controversy for decades, and yet somehow he still has a job. In light of the most recent incident involving Floyd Dent, this should be rectified immediately.
Police departments nationwide are rightfully under heavy public scrutiny for their tactics and use of violence. Officer Melendez is a perfect example of why this is. He has been the subject of investigations and lawsuits since 1996, and yet continues to have the power of a badge and a gun.
Floyd Dent has had to reap the consequences of this inaction on the part of Melendez’ employers, as have all the people who have filed complaints against him and the people who have successfully sued him for excessive force. An officer should not be able to misbehave for this long before he is held accountable.
After twenty years, his pattern of behavior is more than enough to justify getting him out of your department. The people of Inkster deserve better than an officer who’s been at the center of so much violence and controversy. I demand that you fire William Melendez at once.
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