Crestview Police Major Indicted; Police Chief Suspended

By: Meagan O'Halloran Email
By: Meagan O'Halloran Email

The second-in-command at the Crestview Police Department has posted bond and is out of jail after he was indicted on a charge of racketeering Monday.

Maj. Joseph Floyd is just one of the figures at the center of a major probe of the entire department, including his boss, Chief Brian Mitchell.

Major Joseph Floyd was booked into the Okaloosa County Jail Monday, posted $5,000 bond and was released. The entire process took twenty-three minutes. His arrest comes after a grand jury recommended he be terminated and referred to the state for disciplinary action.

The grand jury presentment released Monday accuses 37-year old Joseph Floyd of misusing department resources, displaying a pattern of excessive force, sexual misconduct, making racially derogatory remarks, falsifying police reports and records, intimidating other officers, and tampering with witnesses.

During grand jury testimony, witnesses accused Floyd of soliciting sex from female police officers as well as women he met in public that he didn't even know. He's also accused of tasing suspects without cause, hitting a suspect in the head with an assault rifle, elbowing suspects in the neck and throat, and beating a handcuffed suspect.

The presentment also accuses other officers at Floyd's direction of some of these activities. Some are members of the department's "Street Crimes Unit".

Last Thursday Crestview Mayor David Cadle suspended both Floyd and Crestview Police Chief Brian Mitchell. Floyd reportedly denies the allegations against him and is expected to plead not guilty. State Attorney Bill Eddins said his office will vigorously prosecute these charges.

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  • by Mary Location: Crestview on Mar 12, 2012 at 01:15 PM
    Why do Joseph Floyd still have his police car. The city of Crestview owns that. Return our merchandise.
  • by James Location: Gadsden on Mar 9, 2012 at 06:19 AM
    He was under investigation at Sneads and left, but that's ok McAlpin is in charge at Sneads now, or at least for the time being.
  • by tony Location: pc on Mar 8, 2012 at 03:44 AM
    the same thing is happining in panama city who do you get to start a probe?
  • by johnny law Location: panama on Mar 7, 2012 at 09:44 PM
    Hey Joey! You can always go back and work with Sneads police.
  • by jimmy Location: pc on Mar 7, 2012 at 04:46 PM
    I understand that the racketeer was in custody approx.23 mins. why is a "law enforcement officer" treated treated any different than regular civilians. This "man " is a crooked cop and should be treated as the other crooks are. This is some of the reasons that people don't trust law enforcement. They think they wear a badge and are exemt from the law. I am a ex-law officer and saw the corruton early and got out. It is a shame that you are afraid to let your wife or kids go to the store at night because the cop on patrol might be the dangerous one you need to be watching for.
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