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Mayor Asks SLED to Investigate Fired Officer's Claims

6:03 PM, Jul 16, 2013   |    comments
Mayor Steve Benjamin delivers the "State of the City" address on January 11, 2012.
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin has asked the State Law Enforcement Division to investigate claims made by a fired Columbia Police Department captain against his former employer.

Benjamin sent the letter to SLED Chief Mark Keel Tuesday.

The letter references allegations made by David Navarro, who was fired by city leaders after they said he violated city policy. Specifically, City Manager Teresa Wilson said Navarro shredded city documents and recorded a conversation between himself and Interim Columbia Police Chief Ruben Santiago.

Navarro, however, claimed in an affidavit that he was asked to frame a city official, and was fired for not going along with the plan.

In his letter to Keel, Benjamin said he wants to know if there is any evidence supporting Navarro's allegations. "It is essential for the public to have complete trust in the agencies of law enforcement," Benjamin said in the letter.

The mayor also asked that the investigation be conducted quickly, and that his office would help in any way that it could.

SLED had already been asked earlier in the day by Santiago and the Fifth Circuit Solicitor's Office to investigate Navarro's time with CPD, and possible misappropriation of funds for a charity associated with the police department. Previous Coverage: SLED to Investigate Columbia Police Department

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