The Associated Press
MIAMI (AP) -- In a startling turnaround, prosecutors acknowledged
presenting perjured testimony and dropped charges Tuesday in the
retrial of four Miami police officers accused of beating a handcuffed
The government's opening witness admitted lying on the stand for the
alleged victim, Alexander Anazco.
Prosecutor Curtis Miner announced the decision as the third day of
trial began. Prosecutors had no comment outside court.
"It's an embarrassment but their own fault," defense attorney Richard
Sharpstein said. "They threw in the towel."
In opening statements, prosecutor Jacqueline Becerra said police
struck a defenseless Anazco on the head and shoulders with a
flashlight and a walkie-talkie and burned him with a cigarette after
his 1997 arrest.
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Brake shop manager Armando Rodriguez offered an alibi for Anazco for
a rock-throwing incident that allegedly triggered the beating. But it
turned out Rodriguez was a longtime friend and visited Anazco in jail.