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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