German Bosque — an Opa-locka police sergeant with a longer internal affairs rap sheet than any cop in Florida — went to trial Tuesday, accused of falsely imprisoning a man who tried to file a complaint against him
“He believed he was above the law,” Miami-Dade prosecutor Ansley Peacock told jurors Tuesday.
Bosque’s defense attorney bristled, saying Bosque was a good cop who fell victim to a man who wanted nothing more than to sue Opa-locka for police misconduct.
“He is willing to risk German Bosque’s liberty — for money,” defense attorney Jacqueline Arango said.
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Bosque, 50, is charged with false imprisonment, tampering with a witness and misdemeanor battery.
This week’s trial could be the last chance for Bosque, who has been repeatedly fired and re-hired by the city. Just before his arrest in this case in June 2013, Bosque was fired for a sixth time after city officials learned he was under investigation.
Even in small city with a history of police corruption and dysfunction, Bosque has stood out for his alleged bad behavior.
Before landing in Opa-locka, Bosque had been booted from the police academy twice and fired from two other departments. His internal affairs jacket contained more than 40 cases with accusations ranging from beating up juveniles, hiding drugs in his patrol car and calling in sick to take a Mexican vacation.
After five previous dismissals, Bosque always got his job back, helped by city politics, a powerful police union and bungled internal affairs investigations.
According to prosecutors, Bosque crossed the line yet again in August 2011, when he was called to a domestic dispute in Opa-locka.
At the scene, a city youth counselor named Korey Davis was visiting with his infant son outside the home of the child’s mother. Davis, a former scholarship tennis player at Grambling University, was sitting in his car with the boy on his lap.
But Davis and the woman began arguing. The woman called Opa-locka police when Davis, holding the child, balked at leaving and giving back the child. Prosecutor Peacock told jurors that Bosque was called to the scene.
Bosque reached in, turned off the running car, opened the door and then tried ripping the baby from the father’s arms, Davis testified. Then Bosque punched him the eye, Davis said.
Davis gave up the baby. Soon after, Davis showed up at the police station to file a complaint. A dispatcher called Bosque, who grabbed Davis’ cellphone, hurled it across the police lobby, pushed him up against the wall and handcuffed him, he testified.
“I was like saying, ‘This is wrong. Is this really happening?’ ” Davis told jurors.
Bosque yelled and cursed at him, threatening to arrest him while he was detained for about 15 or 20 minutes, Davis said. Eventually, Davis was released without ever being arrested.
But Arango, the defense attorney, said Boque was guilty only “of good police work.”
She said Bosque acted lawfully, and on the orders of superiors, in trying to give the child back to his mother. And Bosque acted lawfully in detaining Davis later at the station, she said.
Bosque, who has never shied away from talking to the press, insisted before the opening statements that he would prevail.
“I’ve always landed on my feet. The media has always gotten it all wrong,” Bosque said. “I am a good officer.”
The trial continues Wednesday before Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Miguel de la O.