Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The attorneys for a former Columbia police officer mentioned in a probe of the department say she is a victim.
Attorneys J. Lewis Cromerand J. Paul Porter released a statement on behalf of Bridget Caffery.
Caffery, 24, is a former analyst with the department whose lawyers say was forced to resign.
Her named was mentioned multiple times in the investigative report by the State Law Enforcement Division into claims of misconduct within the Columbia Police Department. The probe looked at allegations made by former Columbia Police Captain David Navarro that Interim Columbia Police Chief Ruben Santiago had tried to frame a public official.
However, the SLED investigation, which was reviewed by Thirteenth Circuit Solicitor Walt Wilkins, found no evidence of wrongdoing by Santiago. It also cleared Navarro of claims that he illegally taped conversations.
As part of their investigation, SLED agents interviewed about 30 current and former Columbia Police Department Employees, including Caffery. In the, Caffery said she discovered audio recordings of some private conversations. She eventually turned that recording over to SLED as part of the investigation.
The report also said that Caffery had a personal relationship with former police chief Randy Scott.
It's unclear why Caffery was ultimately let go from the police department. Her attorneys say her evaluations prove she was an excellent employee. However, public records show Caffery was arrested for driving under the influence on December 28th of last year.
"Once a complete investigation is performed and the full story is made public, we are confident that you will find that Ms. Cafery is herself a victim in this matter in her dealings with the City of Columbia; with former Police Chief Randy Scott, who is more than 20 years her senior; and with the other players involved."