Saturday, August 23, 2014
Former CPD Chief, City Sued By Former CPD Employee
Columbia, S.C. (WOLO)-- Bridgett Caffery first made headlines in Columbia for her reported DUI arrest back in January.
At the time, she was employed at the City of Columbia Police Department as an Intelligence Analyst. At the end of January she resigned.
Today, she's at the center of a lawsuit filed against former Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott. According to the suit, Caffery and Scott had a romantic relationship from late 2011 to early 2013. Within that time frame, Caffery claims Scott placed a GPS tracking device on her car, without her consent, to monitor where she was going and to find out if she was seeing anyone else.
"We do know that he either did it, or he caused it to be done and we've alleged that," says Paul Porter, Caffery's Attorney
Caffery claims she saw Scott remove the device in March 2013, just months before their romantic relationship apparently ended.
The suit goes on to say that Scott made threatening remarks against Caffery saying he could "make [Caffery] disappear."
"Certainly a threat of some sort, whether it's against her career or otherwise. Umm, you know, that's all up to the listener," says Porter
According to her attorney, that statement ties into Caffery's claim that she recorded conversations between former Interim Chief Ruben Santiago and former Police Captain, David Navarro -- because she feared Scott.
The recording was made public after SLED released its report on the "Black Ops" investigation into CPD.
Also in the lawsuit, Caffery blames Scott for her DUI arrest making headlines.
In the suit, she says Scott told Navarro to leak it to the media.
Whether he did, we do not know. However, the arrest did make headlines January 21.
At the time, Ruben Santiago served as Interim Chief, Caffery claims he assured her she wouldn't be fired.
"Acting Interim Chief Ruben Santiago promised her that she was not going to be terminated for various occurrences that had happened prior to the promise," says Porter
But, at the end of January, Caffery says she was left with no choice but to resign.
We reached out to both the City of Columbia and the Richland County Sheriff's Department, Scott's current employer, for a comment. CPD asked that the request be forwarded to City Hall or RCSD.
Richland County Sheriff's Department gave us this statement: "The lawsuit in question is related to his time and employment at the City of Columbia; any questions connected with either his employment there or the lawsuit, should be directed to the City of Columbia."
We haven't heard back from City Hall.
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