Bad Cops Are Never Fired, Example 14,832

The Miami Herald went looking for the worst cop in Florida and they seem to have found him. At least I hope there’s no one worse than this. It’s a perfect example of what I have been talking about for years, cops who do the most vile things over and over again and are protected by the police unions and all but impossible to get off the job. Get a load of this guy:

Sgt. German Bosque of the Opa-locka Police Department has been disciplined, suspended, fined and sent home with pay more than any officer in the state.

He has been accused of cracking the head of a handcuffed suspect, beating juveniles, hiding drugs in his police car, stealing from suspects, defying direct orders and lying and falsifying police reports. He once called in sick to take a vacation to Cancún and has engaged in a rash of unauthorized police chases, including one in which four people were killed.

Arrested and jailed three times, Bosque, 48, has been fired at least six times. Now under suspension pending yet another investigation into misconduct, Bosque stays home and collects his $60,000-a-year paycheck for doing nothing.

Before he was ever hired in Opa-locka 19 years ago, Bosque, whose nickname is GB, was tossed out of the police academy twice and fired from two police departments. Each time he has faced trouble he has been reinstated with back pay. He boldly brags about his ability to work a law enforcement system that allows bad cops to keep their certification even in the face of criminal charges.

The article includes a timeline of the misconduct charges and outrageous behavior of the officer and it is simply staggering. The department is trying like hell to get rid of him, which is rare enough, but they can’t because of how the system operates.

Comments

  1. Matrim says

    I know this would be a horrible idea if actually implemented, but I occasionally have fantasies about creating an organization that has the exact same authority, pressures, mentality, and resources as the police, but only allowed to use that authority on normal police officers. Let them feel the screws a bit.

  2. dogmeat says

    Ed,

    It seems to me that it is at least as much an issue of corruption and incompetence in the department as it is anything to do with the union. Their IA officer and chief of police suspended, dozens of internal affairs investigations on a force of less than seventy officers, a mayor buddying up with a former officer and overriding the chief’s decision to fire a probationary officer who probably never should have been hired in the first place; that place is a complete mess. I don’t know that I blame the union in principle given the lack of professionalism at that department. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not defending the union, but much like the administration created the mess that allowed Freshwater to challenge his termination and drag out his appeals, etc., the incompetence and corruption in this community allowed this guy to abuse protections meant for legitimate complaints.

  3. d cwilson says

    Fired six times, arrested three times. This cop must be made of Teflon.

    Given his history, there’s no excuse for Opa-Locka hiring him in the first place. The city has a long history of corruption, so the fact that the police are trying to get rid of him shows how low he has to be.

  4. Into the Sky says

    @1

    I know the feeling. Quite frankly, I have no idea why there aren’t separate and distinct regulatory authorities designed to check the actions of police departments.

  5. wscott says

    @2: Fair points. But I have also seen examples that go the other way, where the Department (or at least the Police Chief) wanted to fire an officer, but lost the fight with the union. Which of course is part of the union’s job, to defend their members, but one wishes they might be a little more selective in who they choose to defend.

    @5: There are, at least in theory. The State Police/Patrol and AG’s Office usually has some oversight role, as does the FBI. But of course, they also have to work side-by-side with the local departments, which makes it tough to investigate them. And of course, they have limited resources devoted to that mission.

  6. dogmeat says

    Wscott,

    I agree that unions, like any organization can be seriously screwed up, I just don’t care for the knee-jerk “blame the union” tag-line that has become part of just about every story of any public entity failing to live up to its expected role in society.

    Personally, I’m rather neutral towards unions, but given that Republicans have turned every labor/budget issue into a bash the unions opportunity, I find myself compelled to point out when the role of the union in a problem is exaggerated, or the failings of management are minimized, or, which seems to be very common lately, both.

  7. wscott says

    @ Dogmeat: Agreed. I don’t mean to come across as anti-union, and you’re right that all too often they become scapegoats. But my experience with police unions specifically has made me pretty cynical about them being part of the problem more often than part of the solution. YMMV.

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