Investigator to Update Columbia Police Probe

Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- A news conference has been called at SLED headquarters at 1:30 Tuesday to update reporters on the "Black Ops" investigation involving the Columbia Police Department.

13th Circuit Solicitor Walt Wilkins (Greenville) was called in to handle the case because of possible conflicts of interest involving the Richland County Solicitor.

SLED investigated the allegations, and Wilkins reviewed the case and will announce his findings.

The investigation began after a former CPD captain sued the City for for wrongful termination. David Navarro claims he was asked by Interim Chief Ruben Santiago to plant drugs on a public official and to fabricate allegations against another officer.

Previous Coverage:Fired Police Officer Suing the City of Columbia

City Manager Teresa Wilson fired Navarro on July 15th. She says he was fired for recording a conversation with the police chief and shredding documents.

Mayor Steve Benjamin asked for SLED to investigate.


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