TOP STORIES OF 2012: Scandal rocked Crestview Police Department

Published: Friday, December 28, 2012 at 13:45 PM.

Floyd’s activities “were enabled and accomplished in part by the partiality and favoritism shown him by Chief Mitchell,” the report said. He “failed to perform his duty and withheld information about substantial instances of misconduct, and even criminal activity.”

Grand jurors found Mitchell failed to report Floyd’s misdeeds to Cadle, who oversees the police department.

It said Mitchell ordered officers with complaints against Floyd “to go through the chain of command,” which meant bringing them first to Floyd.

Jurors said Mitchell failed to take action on several occasions when sexual harassment charges were leveled against Floyd.

It said his failure to act on Floyd’s “offensive and humiliating conduct toward women and co-workers is indefensible.”

It noted that Mitchell hired Floyd despite Floyd having an arrest record and a long history of disciplinary problems as a law enforcement officer.

“The Chief of Police and Floyd were friends and colleagues for years,” the report said. “Chief Mitchell was fully aware of Floyd’s questionable background when he hired him.”

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