TOP STORIES OF 2012: Scandal rocked Crestview Police Department

Published: Friday, December 28, 2012 at 01:45 PM.

CRESTVIEW — A scandal that started at the top of the Crestview Police Department and ran through its Street Crimes Unit was uncovered in 2012.

A Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation that one source said stretched over two years resulted in a grand jury indictment of Maj. Joseph Floyd in March and the firing of Police Chief Brian Mitchell in April.

Floyd was arrested and charged with racketeering March 5, the day the indictment was handed down.

His attorney, Barry Beroset, said he is “still working on discovery” and has asked that Floyd’s scheduled trial in January be postponed.

The state attorney’s office, which is prosecuting Floyd, did not object, Beroset said.

He said a March trial date appears likely.

Floyd’s indictment states he used his position as head of the Street Crimes Unit to operate a criminal enterprise in which he threatened, harassed and physically abused his officers, city residents and criminal suspects.

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