SLED starts investigation of Columbia police


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The State Law Enforcement Division has started an investigation into the Columbia Police Department after the interim police chief and a fired captain each accused the other of illegal behavior.

SLED spokesman Thom Berry wouldn't specify what agents would be investigating, which follows the agency's protocol.

Interim Columbia Police Chief Ruben Santiago sent a letter to SLED asking the agency to investigate whether Capt. David Navarro illegally shredded documents and stole money from a police foundation.

Navarro says he contacted SLED last week and asked for an investigation into whether Santiago asked him to plant drugs and a gun in an assistant city manager's car.

City officials fired Navarro, saying he didn't show up for work and broke city policy by taping a conversation with Santiago without his knowledge.

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