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'Florida's Worst Cop' Is Back on the Job...Again

Three arrests and six firings are not enough to keep Sgt. German Bosque from police work.

|||Joe Sohm/Dreamstime.comJoe Sohm/Dreamstime.com"Florida's Worst Cop" is back on the job again. The infamous Opa-locka police sergeant German Bosque has graced Reason headlines for at least six years now: As we've reported, he's been arrested three times and fired six times over the course of 20 years for "stealing drugs, possessing counterfeit cash, brutalizing suspects and bystanders, lying, insubordination, sexual assault," and more. Now a magistrate has ruled that he can return to work on the Opa-locka police force.

The decision came after a jury acquitted Bosque of a battery charge. In 2011, a youth counselor testified that Bosque punched him while trying to take a baby out of his hands during a domestic-dispute call. After the youth counselor filed a complaint, Bosque reportedly reacted physically, pushing him up against the wall and arresting him. Prosecutors said Bosque acted without "probable cause," and he himself was arrested on battery, witness tampering, and false imprisonment. Though acquitted of the battery charge, Bosque was still convicted on the other two counts, both felonies. A Miami-Dade judge eventually dismissed the false imprisonment charge.

Even when he's off the clock, Bosque is a burden on the taxpayers. In 2012, it came out that he was collecting $60,000 a year essentially to sit at home and do nothing, thanks to back pay following his numerous reinstatements.

Bosque has claimed that his bad reputation is the result of a media conspiracy to get rid of him. But he apparently needn't worry about ever losing his job. As he once told a teenager: "I am the law. If I feel like it right now, I can fuck you up, and no one will say anything about it."

Photo Credit: Joe Sohm/Dreamstime.com

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  • Cy||

    "he's been arrested three times and fired six times over the course of 20 years, for "stealing drugs, possessing counterfeit cash, brutalizing suspects and bystanders, lying, insubordination, sexual assault," and more."

    The thin blue line must be maintained! We must be safe from the chaos of normal people!

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    "I am the law. If I feel like it right now, I can fuck you up and no one will say anything about it."

    WRONG. They won't do anything about it.

  • Unicorn Abattoir||

    They can do something about it, but it won't be ruled a clean shoot.

  • Unicorn Abattoir||

    They can do something about it, but it won't be ruled a clean shoot.

  • Unicorn Abattoir||

    I only hit submit once. Is bump commenting legal?

  • Juice||

    Good thing Facebook ditched Cop Block and Free Thought Project then. Now there won't be nearly the number of these types of stories. Everything can go back to normal again.

  • ||

    I thought this article was going to be about Scot Peterson. The phrase 'Florida's Worst Cop' is really ambiguous.

  • TuIpa||

    No one got murdered Vic Mackey style so they can't possibly be the worst in Florida.

  • TuIpa||

    "Though aquitted of the battery charge, Bosque was still convicted on the other two counts, both felonies. A Miami-Dade judge eventually dismissed the false imprisonment charge."

    This reporting is incomplete. Anyone who knows me knows i hate cops, but both of those charges have been dismissed on appeal.

    So, without those convictions it would be very hard to get rid of him, and honestly, even with them it would be pretty hard.

    With that in mind, never go to Opalocka.

  • TuIpa||

    From the Miami Herald

    "He was acquitted of the battery charge by a jury and convicted of the tampering charge. A judge tossed the false imprisonment count. Bosque appealed the tampering conviction and was cleared of any wrongdoing in May 2017 after the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office agreed to drop the case. The decision was made when a missing radio dispatch surfaced that undercut the state's theory that Bosque was trying to stop the man from filing the complaint against him."

  • darkflame||

    How is this guy getting hired? Even if he never served time, the amount of times he's been fired, and the reasons stated, should make any recruiter nervous. They aren't so hard up on cops that they can't find someone else, and he's gonna be costing them money with lawsuits if his past is anything to go on...

  • TuIpa||

    Unions.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Unions.

  • Griffin3||

    Unions

  • Colossal Douchebag||

    Unions

  • Unicorn Abattoir||

    Forget it, Jake. It's FloridaChinatown.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Though aquitted of the battery charge, Bosque was still convicted on the other two counts, both felonies. A Miami-Dade judge eventually dismissed the false imprisonment charge.

    So did the witness tampering still stand? Can you serve as a police officer with a felony charge on your record?

    I mean, I know we all make mistakes, and your past indiscretions shouldn't affect your future employment opportunities once you've served your time and all but...

  • TuIpa||

    From the Miami Herald

    "He was acquitted of the battery charge by a jury and convicted of the tampering charge. A judge tossed the false imprisonment count. Bosque appealed the tampering conviction and was cleared of any wrongdoing in May 2017 after the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office agreed to drop the case. The decision was made when a missing radio dispatch surfaced that undercut the state's theory that Bosque was trying to stop the man from filing the complaint against him."

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    So yeah, maybe that's why he's clear to get his job back with back pay. Sucks...

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Oh and thanks for the tip, I just saw your comments above. I barely read the articles, so don't expect me to read all the comments first, too.

  • TuIpa||

    No worries, I also figured many people just skip my comments, in this case you asked and I thought I could help with an answer.

  • Bubba Jones||

    So if he was not just acquitted but "cleared" of the charge... shouldn't he be reinstated?

  • majil||

    Cheer when cops are shot in the face

  • Cy||

    "Cheer when cops are shot in the face"

    Were they illegally "serving justice?" Flash banging baby's cribs? Maybe just raping someone during a traffic stop?

  • I'm Not Sure||

    "Were they illegally "serving justice?" Flash banging baby's cribs? Maybe just raping someone during a traffic stop?"

    In cop lingo, that's "Tuesday".

  • Mickey Rat||

    So an employee of a government controlled entity can be punished for what he says on the job?

  • Bob2||

    He may be a bad apple but it doesn't matter in Floriduh because they have oranges.
    Everything is just fine on the other side of the thin blue lie.

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