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Greenville solicitor discusses SLED review of Columbia police

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A prosecutor is discussing an investigation into the Columbia Police Department.

Solicitor Walt Wilkins is holding a news conference Tuesday at State Law Enforcement Division headquarters.

The chief prosecutor for Greenville and Pickens counties has been reviewing SLED's probe into possible criminal activities by members of Columbia's police department.

Interim Police Chief Ruben Santiago requested an inquiry in July, saying he wanted SLED to investigate whether a fired captain had illegally shredded documents and stolen money from a police foundation. Capt. David Navarro also contacted SLED, saying Santiago had asked him to plant drugs and a gun in an assistant city manager's car.

City officials fired Navarro, saying he did not show up for work and broke city policy by taping a conversation with Santiago without his knowledge.

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