Witnesses in officer beating trial take stand
MIAMI (WSVN) -- Witnesses in the trial of a man accused of trying to kill a South Florida officer are taking the stand and telling the jury about the brutal beating.
Michael Robertson, 36, faces attempted murder charges in a violent attack on Miami-Dade Police Officer Carlos Castillo back in April 2010. Robertson is accused of fleeing a traffic stop by Castillo and then throwing a 30-pound cinder block from a roof on the officer's head.
Robertson is also accused of running over the officer twice with his police cruiser, as he tried to elude capture.
Four people were scheduled to take the stand on Thursday, including the two first officers to respond on the night of the beating and two witnesses. One of the witnesses said he saw Robertson hit, kick and run over Detective Castillo.
Rusuque Isaac works as a mechanic in Little Haiti; the same area where the incident happened in 2010. According to Issac, he saw Castillo get out of his unmarked police vehicle and saw him fall to the ground as Robertson beat him before running him over.
When prosecutors in the courtroom asked if Issac recognized Robertson, he said, yes. "I heard something go off and, pow, he hit the officer, and the police officer fell backwards onto his back. I saw he gave the officer a lot of punches and after that he kicked the officer," said Isaac through a Creole translator. "I saw the car backed up and the car went over the police officer and went straight through."
Isaac said he recognized Robertson from being around the neighborhood. "I thought it was Mike," said Isaac.
Detective Castillo, who testified Wednesday, showed his scars from the beating. He sat in the courtroom Thursday as his partners who were there on the night of the incident, also took the stand. "Well, I was in shock. There is no other way to explain it, you're just in shock. He is your partner, your friend, and to see something with such violence happen," said Miami-Dade Police Department Detective Monica Rios. "There's no training that can prepare you for that."
MDPD Detective Rashad Adderley said, "Once I saw him laying on the ground, my first reaction was to get over to him."
Another witness, Ebony Williams, also said she saw the brutal beating that night.
Williams is scheduled to take the stand later on Thursday.
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