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Opa-Locka Sgt. German Bosque Internal Affairs Cases

Opa-Locka Sgt. German Bosque Internal Affairs Cases













German Bosque's personnel records, which were provided to the (Herald-Tribune) by the Opa-Locka Police Department, contain incomplete investigations and don't always show what punishment, if any, was given for sustained complaints.

It is clear that Bosque has been the subject of over 40 internal affairs inquiries during his over 18 years on the force.




February 1990: Two weeks before graduating from a police academy, Bosque is arrested with a stolen car and a semiautomatic weapon. Bosque was wearing 'Police' T-shirt and a badge he bought at a store and he was also charged with impersonating an officer. Bosque is ultimately acquitted, but gets kicked out of the academy and loses a pending job in law enforcement.


August 1992: Bosque says he got his start by volunteering to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew. An officer accepted his help because he had his own weapon and a windbreaker with the word 'Police' on the back. An officer from the Opa-Locka Police Department offered him a job, and he started there in March 1993.


September 1994: Four people are killed just south of Opa-Locka after a stolen car runs a red light and plows into another car. An Opa-Locka spokesman tells the Miami Herald that Bosque was not chasing the car, only following it, because officers can "only chase in cases of violent felonies and a stolen car is not a violent felony." After following the stolen car for 20 minutes and witnessing the crash, the story noted, Bosque "watched in horror" as the driver of the stolen car burned to death.


December 1994: A man alleges in an official complaint that Bosque and another officer beat him. Although records show Bosque was there at the time, the car ID number given by the complainant matches a car from a different agency. The complaint against Bosque is not sustained due to mistaken identity.


April 1996: A woman complains that Bosque shoved her against a car and was rude to her. The complaint appears to have been ignored: There's no record of any investigation. It resurfaces during a 2000 department audit that uncovered a number of incomplete internal affairs investigations. But the complaint is ruled unsustained in February 2000.


August 1996: A woman reports that Bosque smacked her 13-year-old son in the face when he was riding his bicycle in a grocery store parking lot. Beyond the complaint, in which an officer notes the boy has a handprint on the side of his face, there is no other record of any investigation or resolution.


June 1997: A woman says Bosque sneaked into her home through an air-conditioning vent. She never saw the intruder but believes it was Bosque, whom she believed to be stalking her. More than two years later, the woman checks on the status of the investigation and is told her complaint was "incorrectly logged" and never investigated. The woman drops the case, which is closed, apparently without investigation, in July 2000.


July 1997: A man complains that Bosque slapped him as he was being put into a police vehicle. The case appears to have been ignored until it was discovered in the 2000 audit. At that point it is dropped, apparently without investigation, due to a "lack of cooperation and unwillingness of the complainant to pursue this matter."


May 1998: Bosque calls in sick for three days, claiming he has food poisoning. In reality, he took a vacation to Mexico. His superiors catch on only because his wife calls the department to ask when Bosque is returning from his training trip to Jacksonville, the story he apparently told her. The case against him is sustained but the punishment, if any, is not stated in the records.


February 1999: A supervisor tells Bosque to stop pursuit of a fleeing driver, but he gives chase anyway until the car crashes. He waits 15 minutes and calls 911 on his cellphone instead of using his police radio to ask dispatch to send help. "Officer Bosque claims that he was paranoid," an IA investigator writes, "because the incident seemed like he chased the vehicle until it hit the tree, so of course he was trying to distance himself from the situation." A falsifying report complaint is sustained, but the punishment is not stated.


September 1999: A man complains that Bosque punched him twice in the stomach and once in the head during an arrest. There is no record of an investigation. The case is closed at an unknown date because Bosque is no longer employed by the department.


November 1999: Bosque, who is back on the job, takes home a squad car after he is told to leave it for another officer. When a supervisor calls Bosque at home and tells him to bring the car back, Bosque refuses and hangs up the phone.


"Your disdain for the instructions and orders of supervisors ... coupled with your unwillingness or inability to correct inappropriate behavior as a police officer, has become intolerable," the supervisor writes in a reprimand.


February 2000: Records show Bosque is fired and then ultimately rehired, though it is unclear if Bosque was terminated for the previous incident.


August 2000: A teenager and his mother say Bosque struck him in the face. A photograph shows that the boy's face was red and swollen. Another officer who witnessed the incident receives an anonymous letter in his department mailbox asking him how he could "report wrongdoing by another officer." A battery complaint is sustained. The punishment, if any, is not stated in city records.


April 2001: Bosque and other officers’ fire at an armed, fleeing suspect. Bosque blocks the suspect's car and gives chase, firing his weapon after the suspect points a .380-caliber pistol at him. The shooting is ruled justified.


May 2001: Bosque calls 911 to report that his girlfriend attacked him, but she tells officers he slapped himself to make it look like the fight was mutual. Investigators re-create the incident and determine that Bosque did slap himself. Charges of misconduct and lying are sustained. The punishment, if any, is not stated in city records.



December 2001: A handcuffed man suffers "severe facial injuries" after Bosque sweeps his legs and the man's head hits the ground. An excessive force complaint is sustained. The punishment, if any, is not stated in city records.


August 2003: A man complains that his underwear was pulled down by Bosque on a public street to look for drugs. The case is unsustained.


February 2003: A man says Bosque pulled him over, stole $55 from his shirt pocket and told him, "You're lucky your name's not dirty or I would have taken you down." More than two years later, the police chief closes the case because the complainant won't cooperate.


January 2004: A man says Bosque head-butted him while he was handcuffed in a chair. A corporal in a nearby room hears Bosque and the man arguing and tells colleagues: "You know, in a minute you're gonna hear Bosque slap him." They then heard a smack and the man crying. Bosque suffers a jagged, crescent-shaped wound on his head that requires six stitches. Bosque claims that he was the one attacked but investigators determine the wound was caused by Bosque's head striking the man's bottom teeth. The battery complaint is sustained. Prosecutors do not charge Bosque and the punishment, if any, is not stated in city documents.


March 2004: A man says Bosque tackled him, used a racial epithet and spit in his face. An officer, a dispatcher and another prisoner witness the incident. The battery complaint is sustained but the punishment, if any, is not stated in city records.


March 2004: While he is supposed to be home on paid suspension, Bosque is caught driving an ambulance. He later claims a supervisor gave him permission to take a second job but that proves to be false. Theft of city services and perjury complaints are sustained. The punishment is not stated in city records.


July 2004: A woman alleges Bosque kissed her and rubbed her breast after she agreed to meet him in a park. She says she never told Bosque to stop because she was frightened. A battery complaint is not sustained.


October 2004: Bosque is arrested at the Fort Lauderdale international airport with a loaded gun in his suitcase. The charge is later dropped, with Bosque maintaining his girlfriend packed the bags.


November 2007: Bosque fires his gun at a young man suspected of robbing a tow truck driver. Bosque says the man pulled a gun and threw it over a fence, but the gun is never found. The shooting is ruled justified.


February 2008: A search of Bosque's squad car reveals four crack pipes, an empty vodka bottle, Florida car tags, several Florida driver's licenses, confiscated tools and a baggie of cocaine. In police reports, Bosque writes that he turned these items into the evidence room. Bosque is fired for failing to turn in evidence, but his police union representative files a grievance and Bosque is reinstated in July 2008.


December 2009: A man complains that Bosque swept his legs, punched him in the stomach and put him in handcuffs because he wanted to see his mother, who was being treated by emergency personnel. In addition, Bosque forces him to say "I am your (expletive)" and sign a blank piece of paper. Bosque ultimately takes the man to a hospital, to be with his mother, instead of jail. The complaint is not sustained.


February 2010: During another vehicle inspection, a supervisor finds a counterfeit $20 bill and six driver's licenses in Bosque's patrol car. Bosque says he took the licenses from drivers to alert other officers that they were suspended, but many of the licenses were never suspended and the drivers said they were never given a property receipt. Conduct-unbecoming and inattention-to-duty complaints are sustained. A supervisor recommended a three-day suspension, but the final punishment, if any, isn't stated in city records.


February 2010: Bosque apparently fails to properly secure the scene and take photos of evidence after another officer discharges a weapon. Bosque also moves a shell casing before it is photographed. The disposition of the case is unclear.


April 2010: Bosque pursues a stolen vehicle outside city limits without permission from his supervisors. The chase was captured by a TV news helicopter and his supervisors watch live as Bosque pulls the driver out of the vehicle. In a memo, Opa-Locka's police chief calls Bosque's actions "disgraceful and unprofessional." Bosque responds by writing on his discipline notice: "This Is an Absolute Lie, and Unfair." The breach-of-duty complaint is sustained. He is suspended for four weeks.


June 2010: Bosque and another officer shoot and kill a charging pit bull. A discharge-of-firearm complaint is not sustained.


July 2010: A 16-year-old boy says Bosque slapped him in the face as he was arrested for playing basketball at a school after hours. There is no indication the complaint was investigated. A conduct-unbecoming complaint is not sustained.


October 2010:  A man says Bosque punched him in the face and kicked him in the mouth in his apartment. Bosque asks other officers at the scene to shut the door and leave him alone inside with the man. Another officer says he heard a sound like something "falling" and went inside to see Bosque picking the man off the ground. The excessive-force complaint is not sustained.


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