COLUMBIA (WACH)- Columbia City Councilman and Mayoral Candidate Moe Baddourah is calling for the FBI to investigate the Columbia Police Department.
This comes three days after his main opponent,Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin asked the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) to investigate CPD.
The calls for investigation into the the department came after a Columbia Police Captain David Navarro, accused Interim Columbia Police Chief Ruben Santiago of coercing him to plant drugs in a car owned by Columbia Assistant City Manager Allison Baker to incriminate him and get him dismissed by the City.
Columbia City manger Teresa Wilson claims Navarro showed insubordination to his supervisor by shredding documents, and misappropriation of funds from the Columbia Police Foundation. Wilson also said Navarro spread rumors about CPD.
In his email, sent to WACH Fox News, by Baddourah's campaign manager Rod Shealy, Jr. Baddourah says, "Regardless of what becomes of the SLED investigation, the people of Columbia must be able to have the peace of mind that any investigation is thorough and objective. While it's not my intent to question the ability of SLED to investigate this matter, those questions have been raised -- including some from our constituents.Therefore, a request for FBI involvement seems reasonable if it gives people an additional level of comfort.I am certainly prepared to contact the FBI to at least make sure it is apprised of the situation, but I believe it'd make a stronger statement if we were to make a request as a Council."
Baddourah is challenging Mayor Steve Benjamin in next year's city election. Columbia businessman and former law enforcement agent Larry Sypolt is also running for mayor.