A third world police department?
The city police department for Iran, North Korea, or a remote part of Pakistan?
Welcome to the City of Opa Locka police department.
The Random Pixels blog ("The second most popular daily blog in Miami") did a great job exposing the mess at the Opa Locka Police department. And nothing illustrates the total breakdown of order at the Opa Locka police department then this vignette from Random Pixels about Sergeant German Bosque:
German Bosque's personnel file looks more like a rap sheet than a résumé.How did Sergeant Bosque even get a badge? Excellent question:
In two decades, the Opa-Locka Police Department opened 40 internal affairs cases on Bosque. Sixteen of them were for battery or excessive force.
Fired five times and arrested three, he was charged with stealing a car, trying to board an airplane with a loaded gun and driving with a suspended license.
Internal Affairs investigations found that Bosque split a man's lip with a head butt. He opened another man's head with a leg sweep and takedown. He spit in the face of a drunken, stumbling arrestee. One time, he smacked a juvenile so hard the boy's face was red and swollen the next day.
Bosque has been caught defying direct orders, lying to supervisors and falsifying police reports. Off duty, he was accused by women of domestic violence and stalking. During inspections, the agency found a counterfeit $20 bill, cocaine and crack pipes in his patrol car.
Still, Bosque has kept his badge.
He was kicked out of two police academies, the first for sleeping in class and the second after he was arrested on charges he stole a car, had a gun and impersonated an officer. He was later acquitted.
From the Dec. 2011 Herald-Tribune piece:
To most Florida law enforcement agencies, Bosque would be toxic. In Opa-Locka, he has been promoted to sergeant.
Do yourself a favour and click over to Random Pixels and read the whole sordid mess. And don't ever take a plea on case involving these thugs. As a last resort email us, we'll help you get ready for trial.
THE WEST GROVE
And now a nice story about Miami:
Check out this great Herald Article from Sunday on the West Grove, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Miami, settled by black Bahamian natives in the 1880's.
So there you have it: The historic West Grove, the corrupt City of Opa Locka, and the criminals who wear badges. Just another day in paradise folks.
See you in court.