Officer Bill 'Robocop' Melendez Named In 12 Brutality and Corruption Lawsuits

by Shaun King

Before Bill "Robocop" Melendez brutally assaulted 57-year-old Ford Motor employee Floyd Dent this past January, he was named in 12 separate lawsuits for brutally assaulting people, planting evidence, and making illegal arrests. One case, though, sounds shockingly familiar to what Melendez did to Floyd Dent—who was choked unconscious before Melendez punched him 16 times in the face and head breaking his orbital bone, causing severe bleeding, and a brain injury.

A federal judge recently dismissed Melendez's petition for "qualified immunity" in an extreme case of brutality and wrongful arrest that took place on July 26, 2011. After reviewing the evidence, District Court Judge Gershwin Drain determined that Melendez and several of the officers under his command used illegal force against Deshawn Acklin and that they would not be protected under the qualified immunity clause.

On July 26, 2011, Bill "Robocop" Melendez brutally beat and choked Deshawn Acklin until he was completely unconscious and defecated on himself. Melendez did not stop the beating until he was pulled off of Deshawn Acklin by fellow officers. Later, fellow officers sprayed Acklin with mace when he was handcuffed in the back seat of the police car. They never even charged him with a crime, but let him go out of the back door of the local jail after they took him to the hospital for his injuries.

In addition to the extreme brutality, it appears that Melendez, as he is currently trying to do with Floyd Dent, concocted a story about what Acklin did that day to deserve such a beating.

Below are some of the major discrepancies.

1. On pages 5-6 of the court filing below, Melendez claims that he looked through a window with four fellow officers and saw Deshawn and another man in the house with guns. Every other officer interviewed has no recollection of such an occurrence. Deshawn himself has stated explicitly from the beginning that he never even touched a gun inside of the house.

2. Melendez testified that he "heard voices in the kitchen area" from outside of the house. In their testimony, no other officers heard those voices. Deshawn states in his testimony that nobody was even in the kitchen, but that he and friends were hanging out in the living room.

3. This is key: On page 7 of the court filing, Melendez states that he sees Deshawn pull a handgun out of his waistband. None of the four additional officers testified to seeing such a thing.

4. On page 7, Melendez testified that Deshawn, in the presence of five heavily armed officers, closed his fist and took a swing at the face of Melendez. No other officer witnessed such a thing and, of course, Deshawn stated from the beginning that this was preposterous.

5. Melendez, stating that it was in self-defense, then admitted to punching Deshawn in each eye until he was unconscious and then "holding on to him for a controlled fall." Several officers actually testified that no such thing happened and that Deshawn hit the floor hard and was immediately swarmed by Melendez.

6. On page 8, Melendez stated that he couldn't find the "use of force" and "injured prisoner" reports, but that he eventually found them and completed them. Now, they conveniently don't exist.

7. Officer Randazzo, in his testimony, states that he never heard anyone talking outside of the house. He never saw Deshawn with a gun. He testified that when Melendez broke down the door of the kitchen that it was completely empty. Melendez, you will recall, stated that Deshawn was in the kitchen with a gun out.

8. Officer Schewe who was on scene with a K-9, testified that at no time was anyone told before entering the house that Melendez or anyone else saw a gun present.

Read the full statement from the judge below. It gives you a deep and ugly glimpse into the brutality of Melendez and his team.