Gainesville Police Officer Resigns After An Ongoing Investigation
The internal investigation that may result in criminal charges against Bostick continues, but an estimated dozen cases in which Bostick was the sole witness have been dropped by State Attorney Bill Cervone.
Cervone says almost all are simple drug possession cases where even if there was a conviction, most sentences would not involve any jail time. However, there are a few third degree felonies. Many cases where there were other witnesses besides Bostick are not being dropped.
"I hate to lose any case because of credibility issues, especially when it involves a law enforcement officer. But the balance that it's the right thing for us to do. If we're not comfortable with the credibility of witnesses, that's the right thing to do legally, to dismiss the case," said Cervone.
Cervone is currently waiting on the results of internal investigations of Bostick from the Gainesville Police Department and the Alachua County Sheriff's Office before he can decide to file criminal charges against the former officer. He's also waiting on the results of a GPD internal investigation of current officer Mose Rochelle who often worked alongside Bostick. Cervone hopes to have both on his desk by the end of the month.
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