A Florida police officer is fighting to keep his job after previously being fired eight times.
According to WFTV Orlando News, Sgt. German Bosque, Bosque has been fired eight times by three police departments in Florida, including six firings from his current job at Opa-locka in Miami-Dade County.
In a hearing Wednesday, city officials said Bosque should be fired yet again after he left his AR-15 rifle with his girlfriend’s father while he was on leave last year.
Their argument is that Bosque’s decision violated the department’s policy that an officer’s weapon should be secured at all times.
“We’re here on a very simple matter. It’s going to be up to the arbitrator. We think what the officer did was wrong,” said Opa-Locka City Attorney Joseph Geller.
During the case Geller noted that Bosque was the “most disciplined, fined, fired, arrested police officer in the state.”
In the past, German has battled a series of allegations — all of which he has beaten.
Among them are claims of “cracking the head of a handcuffed suspect, beating juveniles, hiding drugs in his police car, stealing from suspects, defying direct orders and lying and falsifying police reports.
WFTV notes he also allegedly once called in sick to take a vacation to Cancún.
“It’s allegations. Allegations are not convictions,” said Bosque’s union-provided attorney, Andrew Axelrad. “We have a system in place, and that system is a fair system.”
Per CBS, Bosque had previously signed a deal with the city agreeing that one more strike would be his last.
The city is arguing that leaving his 30-shot rapid fire assault rifle in the custody of his girlfriend’s father — a licensed security guard — qualifies as the ninth strike.
A decision in the case is expected to be issued in 60 to 90 days.
Readers: Do you think that the Opa-Locka Police Department should have hired Sgt. German Bosque even though he was fired multiple times in the past? Is eight firings enough to show that Bosque is unfit to wear a badge?
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