In May 2016, Opa-
The financially strapped city says it has already rehired the formerly disgraced cop, but shouldn't have to shell out tens of thousands for lost overtime and off-duty pay — especially since the city's budget is still under state oversight.
Horn's arrest on May 14, 2016, made local headlines at a time when Opa-
When prosecutors charged the cop with two felony counts of aggravated battery, plus another felony for carrying a concealed firearm without a license, he knew his law enforcement career was probably over.
"I'm sure I'll be terminated this morning," Horn told Miami-Dade County Judge Mindy Glazer at his bond hearing.
But the criminal case didn't hold up due to Horn's girlfriend, who isn't identified by name in court documents obtained by New Times. Prosecutors spent months trying to subpoena the woman to appear, delaying Horn's trial three times.
And on June 6, 2017, they threw in the towel and dropped the charges because the "victim failed to appear when subpoenaed mandatory for the trial," according to a close-out memo. (Victims of domestic violence routinely refuse to testify at trial, often for fear of retaliation, though it's not clear why Horn's girlfriend backed out.)
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With the charges dropped, the police union demanded that Opa-
But Horn and the union took the city to a second arbitration in October, where an arbitrator also ordered the city to pony up for overtime and off-duty work that Horn couldn't perform while he was fired. The total bill: $76,525.08.
The union has yet to respond in court. Horn, in the meantime, is back and working as a cop in Opa-