Opa-locka

Former Opa-locka cop charged with kidnapping, battery

 
 
Former Opa-Locka Police Sgt. German Bosque is shown in this Nov. 23, 2011, file photo.
Former Opa-Locka Police Sgt. German Bosque is shown in this Nov. 23, 2011, file photo.
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Twenty years of trouble: German Bosque’s record

1990

Feb. 7: Two weeks short of graduating from the Miami-Dade police academy, Bosque is arrested for driving a stolen truck, possession of a firearm and impersonating a police officer. He was carrying a fake police badge, a semi-automatic weapon and wearing a black T-shirt with "POLICE" on the back. Though later acquitted, he was tossed out of the police academy. He vowed to try to re-enter the academy.

1992

June 10: Arrested in Jacksonville, jailed for two days and found guilty of driving with a suspended license.

Aug. 16: Hurricane Andrew strikes South Florida. Bosque is hired in Florida City, which is desperate for police in the wake of the storm.

1993

Asked to leave Florida City police after his supervisors discovered his tainted record. He is hired as an Opa-locka officer.

1994

Sept. 8: Four are killed in a chase involving a stolen car that sped through Opa-locka but crashed outside the city. Bosque had been following the car shortly before the crash. Questions were raised about whether he was pursuing the vehicle against department policy.

1998

March: Suspended five days for an unauthorized police pursuit outside the city.

May: Five-day suspension for another unauthorized police pursuit.

May 22: Bosque calls in sick, complaining of food poisoning, in order to vacation in Cancún.

1999

Feb. 1: Bosque attempts to stop a motorist driving with no headlights. The driver flees at high speed, and Bosque pursues the vehicle until it crashes into a tree. Bosque lies to his superiors, telling them he cut off the chase, then waits 15 minutes, calls in the crash on his personal cellphone as if he had arrived at the scene well after the accident. He is suspended for 20 days.

Sept. 5: Allegations of excessive force are filed by a man who claims that Bosque kicked and punched him repeatedly while he was handcuffed. Deadline to investigate complaint expires. No action taken.

2000

March 1: Bosque is terminated following a high-speed police pursuit that violated policies.

June 12: Bosque is rehired after the PBA successfully wins arbitration.

Aug. 28: Bosque punches a 14-year-old boy three times in the head, telling the youth: "I am the law, if I feel like it right now I can f--- you up and no one will say nothing to me.’’ The assault is witnessed by a fellow officer and Bosque admits striking the boy. The state attorney declines to prosecute.

Aug. 31: Suspended one day for failing to cooperate with the city attorney and for skipping a meeting to go on a trip to Key West.

Dec. 8: Bosque is fired in connection with the incident involving the juvenile.

2001

Feb. 26: Bosque is rehired.

May 8: Bosque’s girlfriend reports that Bosque slapped her in the face while they were sitting in his personal vehicle, then slapped his own face and called police, telling them that she had battered him. An investigation subsequently showed that Bosque’s facial injuries were self-inflicted. Investigators recommended he be terminated immediately. Charges of lying under oath and making a false police report are dropped because the department failed to initiate disciplinary action within 60 days.

July 30: Disciplined for making a false statement on a police report while under oath.

2003

Feb. 12: Man files a complaint alleging he was stopped by Bosque, who ordered him to place his hands on his patrol car. Bosque patted him down, removing $55 from his shirt pocket. Bosque returns all his property except the money. Complaint not sustained.

Sept. 16: Suspended for five days without pay for failing to turn in police reports, after being ordered to do so by a supervisor. .

2004

Jan. 19: Suspended for 45 days after he beat a handcuffed suspect bloody. The victim was beaten until bloody and there was blood spilled all over the station house floor.

March 3: Suspended 15 days without pay for excessive force, spitting on a suspect and using racial epithets. State places his police certification on probation.

May 27: Suspended for one day after he refused a direct order to handle a call, telling his supervisor: "This is bull----."

July 15: Suspended for three days without pay for beating a man in the sally port of the Miami-Dade County jail.

July 22: Accused of fondling a corrections officer inside his locked police car. He receives no discipline because investigators said the woman admitted she failed to say "no."

Oct. 16: Charged with a misdemeanor after he packed an undeclared loaded handgun in the cargo luggage at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood Airport. Case was later dropped after he told police his girlfriend had packed the bag.

2005

Jan. 27: Bosque is terminated after an internal affairs probe finds that while under suspension with pay Bosque was moonlighting during work hours as an ambulance driver.

Sept. 28: City settles with Bosque, allowing him to be reinstated in exchange for a three-month suspension without pay.

2008

Feb. 7: Narcotics evidence in two of Bosque’s cases is missing. A vehicle inspection of Bosque’s patrol car uncovers several crack pipes, Florida auto tags, several ID cards and an empty Smirnoff vodka bottle. Investigators said the properties should have been properly bagged, labeled and impounded. Subsequently, IA investigators find that a baggie of suspected cocaine he seized a month earlier also was not placed into evidence, and was also found in his car. The state attorney’s office declines to prosecute, saying that there was no corrupt intent.

Jun 12: Bosque is terminated by Opa-locka’s city manager, against the police chief’s wishes.

July 17: Bosque is reinstated with back pay after the FOP files a grievance.

Aug. 15: Bosque is terminated by city manager again in connection with the Feb. 7 search of his police vehicle.

November: City settles with Bosque, returning him to the force.

2009

Feb. 7: Man says Bosque swept his legs out from under him, punched him in the stomach and cuffed him after he tried to come to the aid of his mother, who was being treated by paramedics. The complaint is unsustained.

2010

Feb. 19: A mechanic observes damage to the undercarriage of Bosque’s car. Police also find a number of Florida driver’s licenses and a counterfeit $20 bill.

March 15: An internal affairs investigation is launched into "suspicious behavior" by Bosque during the night hours. Bosque’s superiors suspect that Bosque had been stopping young women as they leave the Lexx Club, a local strip joint. They are not able to prove their suspicions.

July 12: A 16-year-old boy playing basketball alleges that Bosque slapped him twice in the head. The internal affairs case is dropped when investigators let the case expire.

2011

Jan. 24: Promoted to sergeant

Aug. 3: Allegedly punches man while responding to a domestic call. Man then tries to file a complaint against Bosque, but the sergeant put him in handcuffs and locked him in a holding cell, police said.

2012

April: Suspended with pay pending the outcome of a criminal investigation into his actions. Ordered to turn in his city-issued weapons, he neglects to include a high-power assault rifle that’s in his father-in-law’s possession.

May: Suspended with pay after he allows a newspaper reporter to ride in his police vehicle without permission. During the unauthorized interview he gloats about how many times he has been arrested and suspended. "I’m an excellent police officer but I break the rules, ’’ he says.

October: Bosque is fired from Opa-locka.

2013

May: Bosque appeals to be reinstated. Florida Department of Law Enforcement says it will try to revoke his police certification.

June 7: Bosque is arrested on charges of kidnapping, battery and tampering with a witness. If convicted, he faces life in prison. Booked into Miami-Dade jail with no bond.


ebenn@MiamiHerald.com

Former Opa-locka police Sgt. German “GB” Bosque — who has been jailed four times and has a longer internal affairs rap sheet than any cop in Florida — is back behind bars.

State investigators arrested Bosque, 49, on Friday evening, charging him with kidnapping, battery and tampering with a witness who had tried to file a complaint against Bosque. He faces life in prison if convicted of the kidnapping charge, a first-degree felony.

On Saturday, Bosque was being held without bond at Miami-Dade County jail. His lawyer, C. Michael Cornely, was trying to get him released, saying that Bosque is being treated differently because he is a police officer.

“It’s a travesty of justice that a police officer is in jail for allegedly holding someone in jail for 14 minutes and that justifies as kidnapping,” Cornely said. “We are eagerly waiting to go in front of our judge to seek justice.”

The arrest stems from an August 2011 domestic call that Bosque and several other Opa-locka officers responded to.

According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Bosque punched a man in the face after the man refused to hand over his 14-month-old child to the toddler’s mother.

The man drove to the Opa-locka police station later that day to file a complaint against Bosque. But the sergeant interceded, investigators said, cuffing the man and tossing him in a holding cell for 14 minutes. The man never got to file his complaint, and Bosque didn’t report the incident.

Over the course of a 15-month investigation, police interviewed nine people and reviewed photographs of the victim’s bruised face, finding enough evidence to file charges, Bosque’s arrest report noted. He turned himself in at 5 p.m. Friday and was booked without bond into Miami-Dade jail.

Opa-locka Police suspended Bosque with pay in April 2012, once the department learned that state investigators had launched a criminal probe into his alleged actions. After Bosque was ordered to turn in his city-issued weapons pending the investigation, he left one out: a high-power assault rifle that was in the possession of Bosque’s future father-in-law.

That led to his termination in October — the sixth time Bosque has been dismissed from Opa-locka in his 20-year police career.

“It’s a witch hunt,” Bosque told the Miami Herald at the time.

As he had done the previous five times, Bosque tried to fight the termination. He appeared before an arbitrator last month to appeal the city’s decision. The arbitrator has not made a ruling.

In the previous five instances of him being fired and reinstated — always with back pay — Bosque had been helped by several factors, including city politics, a powerful police union and bungled internal affairs investigations.

Although he no longer is collecting a salary, Bosque is still a certified police officer. The FDLE this month will try to revoke his certification, permanently pulling his badge.

In a city with a history of police corruption and dysfunction, Bosque often has stood out as a poster child for bad behavior.

He has been portrayed in news articles as having the most voluminous disciplinary file of any law enforcement officer in Florida. His internal affairs jacket had a record 45 cases in it as of September. Before landing in Opa-locka, Bosque had been booted from the police academy twice and fired from two other departments.

His arrests prior to Friday’s included charges of driving a stolen truck while in possession of a firearm and a fake police badge, and packing a loaded gun into luggage at an airport. Both of those cases were dismissed. He was found guilty in 1992 of driving with a suspended license in Jacksonville.

Accusations against him over the years include beating up juveniles, bashing the head of a handcuffed suspect, hiding drugs in his patrol car, stealing from suspects, falsifying police reports and calling in sick to take a Mexican vacation.

“I love being a policeman,” he told the Herald last year. “I love looking in the mirror and the person I see.”

The local police union, which has successfully defended Bosque throughout his career, noted that his six commendations in two decades of service make him the most-decorated officer in Opa-locka’s history.

“The idea that he’s the poster boy is only because the city has conducted lousy-upon-lousy investigations,” Andrew Axelrad, attorney for the Miami-Dade Police Benevolent Association, said last month. “There is a reason he has had his job awarded back to him.”

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