SLED Starts Investigation of Columbia Police Dept.


By Rob Dew

Columbia, SC (WOLO, AP)-- The State Law Enforcement Division confirms to ABC Columbia News it is investigating allegations involving the Columbia Police Department. but would not confirm what those are.

Interim Police Chief Reuben Santiago says he requested a SLED investigation amidst the firing of a police captain.

The city claims Captain David Navarro was fired for insubordination, and unauthorized recording of a supervisor.

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

Interim Chief Santiago says, "Those are very serious potentially criminal allegations that when brought to my attention I invited SLED to immediately look into this and still invite them."

ABC Columbia News has reached out repeatedly to Navarro and his attorney for comment but have yet to receive a response.

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