MIAMI (CBSMiami) - Jury selection began Monday for suspended Opa-locka police Sergeant German Bosque who faces a number of charges including false imprisonment and battery.
Bosque, who has been fired from the police department eight times over his career, was arrested for a 2012 incident in Opa-locka in which he allegedly punched a man during a domestic disturbance call. When the man tried to go to the police station and file a complaint, Bosque reportedly forcefully removed him from the department's lobby, handcuffed him and placed him in a holding cell for 14 minutes.
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In an interview after Bosque's arrest, Opa-Locka's City Manager David Chiverton said they tried to get rid of him in the past but Bosque always appealed, won and was allowed to return to work.
The last time the city fired him, October 2012, Bosque faced a number of allegations including:
- Busting a handcuffed suspects skull
- Beating juveniles
- Caught with drugs and alcohol in his squad car
- Ripping off suspects
- Falsifying reports
- Participating in an unauthorized chase where four people were killed
- Calling in sick from Cancun.
With Bosque's termination from the police department and trial will help as the city tries to clean up its image.
Opening statements in Bosque's trial are slated for Tuesday. The judge hopes to have closing arguments done by Friday.
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