The Opa-Locka Police Department in Florida on Wednesday argued before an arbitrator that one of their own officers deserved to be fired -- for the sixth time.
The department told arbitrator Jeanne Wood that Sgt. German Bosque should be terminated because he left a city-owned, 30-round AR-15 assault rifle with the father of his then-girlfriend and now fiancé.
WFOR CBS4 Miami reports that Bosque is "the most disciplined, fined, fired, arrested police officer in the state." He has been fired eight times by three departments in Florida. Opa-locka's six previous attempts to fire Bosque have not succeeded.
Over the years, he has faced allegations including "busting the skull" of a handcuffed suspect, beating juveniles, having drugs in a patrol car, falsifying reports, conducting an unauthorized car chase where four people were killed and “calling in sick…from Cancun.”
“It’s allegations. Allegations are not convictions,” said Bosque’s union-provided attorney, Andrew Axelrad. As to Bosque's alleged carelessness with his police-issued rifle, Axelrad said the weapon was safe with the man Bosque calls “Daddy,” who is a licensed security guard.
“Anyone can legally purchase this weapon,” Axelrad said.
“Not just anyone can purchase one from the Opa-locka police department,” retorted city attorney Joe Geller. The arbitrator said she would issue a decision in 60 to 90 days.