NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The civil trial of retired Norfolk police officer Neal Robertson enters its fourth day Friday.
Marius Mitchell has sued Robertson for $10 million, claiming he was negligent and used excessive force in 2013. Jurors on Wednesday saw the moments after Robertson shot Mitchell.
Dash cam video shows Mitchell stumble out of a police cruiser, covered in blood.
Mitchell says he was getting of out a car at the 7-Eleven off Hampton Boulevard, when someone with a gun ordered him to get back in the car. He was scared and ran, he said.
Robertson’s attorney claims Mitchell later got into the officer’s unmarked police cruiser and Robertson was being dragged by the moving vehicle when he fired.
Mitchell’s lawyers rested their case before noon Thursday and the defense began calling witnesses.
The jury heard accounts from several people who said they saw Mitchell get in Robertson’s car, then saw Robertson getting dragged by that car before they heard gunshots.
A police procedures consultant testified that Robertson should have never left his running police car unattended.
The jury has also heard some testimony that Mitchell had his hands up around the time of the shooting.
Both Mitchell and Robertson have been cleared of criminal wrongdoing in the incident.