MIAMI (CBS4) – Police Lt. Alexander Hernandez pulled back the chambering lever on the AR-15 assault weapon and it slapped forward with a loud clack, reverberating around the conference room. The menacing-looking weapon was exhibit A at a hearing Wednesday as the Opa-Locka Police Department argued Sgt. German Bosque should be fired for leaving the rifle with his girlfriend’s father while out on leave last year.
It’s not every day a rapid-fire assault weapon is put on loud display in a city hall conference room, but Bosque is not your everyday cop. He’s the most disciplined, fined, fired, arrested police officer in the state. He has been fired eight times by three departments. Opa-locka is now trying to fire him – for the sixth time – with none of its previous efforts succeeding.
Bosque has successfully beaten back allegations over the years including:
- Having busted the skull of a handcuffed suspect.
- Beating Juveniles
- Having dope and booze in his squad car
- Ripping off suspects
- Falsifying reports
- Participating in an unauthorized chase where four people were killed
- And calling in sick…from Cancun
The system has given Bosque more chances than nine cats have lives. Like many law enforcement officers, he enjoys civil service and union protections...
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - A 20-year-old man stripped naked inside a Daytona Beach convenience store and told officers that he was a monkey, according to police.
Daylen Holloman, of Palm Coast, was arrested on a charge of indecent exposure after the incident, which occurred Wednesday at 12:30 a.m. at the 7-Eleven at 623 N. Oleander Ave.
A Daytona Beach police officer later arrived at the store and asked Holloman what he did know, and Holloman said, "I know I am a monkey," police said.
The officer told Holloman that monkeys don't wear clothes and Holloman said, "Oh, really?" and started stripping, Daytona Beach police said, adding that he exposed himself to a female store clerk and customers...
The Boston Marathon bombing is easily the most crowdsourced terror investigation in American history, with the FBI soliciting videos, cellphone pictures, and anything that could lead to the capture of whoever set off those pressure cooker bombs.
Trying to blunt police opposition, the sponsor of a bill to ban unmanned drone aircraft use by law enforcement in Florida has agreed to exceptions for use with a search warrant or in certain "exigent" circumstances, such as when it might be needed to find a child in danger.
The measure (SB 92) was approved unanimously Tuesday by the Senate Criminal Justice Committee with the new exceptions in it.
While representatives of the Florida Sheriff's Association and the Florida Police Chiefs Association said they were pleased the sponsor, Sen. Joe Negron, was trying to ease some concerns police have about the possible loss of drones as a law enforcement tool, they stopped short of supporting the bill. The measure already had an exception for uses needed for national security.
Drones are currently in use by about a half dozen Florida law enforcement agencies, according to Negron, R-Stuart, who said the bill is his top priority this year.
"There's always a delicate balance between freedom and security," Negron said. And the line has to be drawn somewhere on how far police can go in watching people.
The amendments added to the bill acknowledge that there may be extraordinary circumstances when unmanned aerial cameras might be acceptable, Negron said after the committee.
"My goal is that it's not a routine practice," Negron said...
Good police practices, thorough training, carefully crafted policies and appropriate allocation of resources in law enforcement can ensure public safety and prevent abuses in encounters between police officers and citizens....
The Innocence Project is a national litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted people through DNA testing and reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.
Seven-year veteran of the Lee County Sheriff's Office, Deputy First Class John Eaton of Fort Myers, has been arrested and charged with possession of steroids, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
On Monday, a deputy met with the girlfriend who explained that the couple had gotten in a physical fight on March 4 inside their home. The report says that Eaton kicked her while she was sitting on the couch, which led to an even bigger fight.
When the fight was over, the report states, she took pictures of her injuries and also took photos of Eaton's Lee County Sheriff's Office badge, which was sitting next to a vial of Testosterone Enanthate – a schedule three narcotic and anabolic steroid.
But this isn't the first time that Eaton has been accised of steroid and drug use. In a 2008 lawsuit, he was accused of using excessive force as well as using drugs. The case was eventually settled...
Manatee County Sheriff's deputies raided the home of 64-year-old Robert Jordan in February and found a number of marijuana plants. Late Tuesday the State Attorney's office in Manatee County decided to drop the charges against Jordan. Robert Jordan says he grows marijuana to help his wife Cathy who suffers from Lou Gehrig's disease. Cathy Jordan says marijuana is the only thing that gives her comfort and is keeping her alive. Jordan also says, he would do it all again for his wife. "There is a time, you got to stand up, you've got to stand up and that's the problem, too many people don't stand up today, they just go along and we're losing our rights left and right." Robert and Cathy Jordan are currently in Tallahassee speaking to state legislators about a bill to make the use of marijuana legal in Florida for medical purposes. A spokesperson for the State Attorney's office in Manatee County says the prosecutor in the case decided to drop the charges against Mr. Jordan because his attorney provided evidence about Cathy Jordan's need for marijuana based on medical need... (click pic to watch video)
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