Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Long-troubled cop faces new charges

OPA-LOCKA — A former sergeant with the longest police internal affairs rap sheet in the state of Florida was behind bars again on Saturday.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement charged German "GB" Bosque, 49, with kidnapping, battery and tampering with a witness who tried to file a complaint against him. Bosque could face life in prison if convicted of the kidnapping charge.

Bosque turned himself in Friday and was being held without bond at the Miami-Dade County jail.

Bosque's attorney told The Miami Herald that Bosque was being treated differently because he is an 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," Bosque's attorney, Michael Cornely said. "We are eagerly waiting to go in front of our judge to seek justice."

Investigators allege Bosque punched a man in the face during a domestic call that he and several other Opa-locka officers responded to in August 2011. Later that day, the man went to the police station to file a complaint against Bosque.

Bosque put the man in handcuffs and kept him in a holding cell for 14 minutes, the FDLE investigators said. He never filed a complaint and Bosque didn't report the incident. According to his arrest report, police conducted a 15-month investigation, interviewing nine people and reviewing photographs of the victim's bruised face.

Bosque was suspended with pay in April 2012 and terminated in October. That marked the sixth time Bosque had been dismissed from the Opa-locka police department, The Miami Herald reported. Five times he has been reinstated, helped by a powerful police union, bungled investigations and city politics, the newspaper reported.

Bosque's internal affairs file had a record 45 cases in it as of September. He has been previously arrested on 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 cases were dismissed.

He is still a certified officer, but the FDLE will try to permanently pull his badge this month.

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