Ex-cop Sues Chief, City, Claims Discrimination

Isa Greene files suit against Randy Scott and City of Columbia


By Monique Williams

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) -- A former high ranking Columbia police officer is suing the police chief and the City of Columbia on claims of race discrimination, sexual misconduct, and being made the scapegoat of a botched suicide case for a missing Midlands executive.

There was no answer today at the residence of Isa Greene. ABC Columbia tried to get an on-camera comment from the former deputy chief with the City of Columbia, who is suing the City and Police Chief Randy Scott.

In the lawsuit obtained by ABC Columbia, Greene alleges race and gender discrimination and that "she was paid five percent less than her white and/or male counterparts."

Another claim is that she faced repeated sexual harassment, including vulgar sexual advances and language. The lawsuit also states Chief Randy Scott would not discipline male officers as harshly as female officers.

Case in point, Greene says, the 2011 murder of University of South Carolina professor, Jennifer Wilson. The suit alleges two male officers neglected to thoroughly search the professor's Monroe St. residence after responding to a call there, only to return hours later and discover woman's dead body inside the home.

Greene alleges Chief Scott "over-rode her rejection of a female employee who lacked qualifications because he was having a relationship with the employee."

The proverbial last straw, claims Greene, was her March 2012 termination from the Department. She believes she was made a scapegoat for the botched investigation of Tom Sponseller's death, as she told us an interview last year.

"They needed a fall person. The city was getting a lot of questions from the media, and I'm not one of the boys, so I guess I got the short end of the straw, and [Chief Scott] said 'she can go.'"

When trying to get a response from Chief Randy Scott, a spokesperson for the City tells ABC Columbia the Chief doesn't comment on pending litigation.
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