Truth Frequency Radio
Nov 07, 2013


Former Captain David Navarro, left
Police Chief Ruben Santiago, right
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Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

The Columbia, S.C. Police Chief who caused controversy last week after posting an intimidating Facebook message to a man who criticized the Department’s aggressive stance on marijuana users has apparently been at the center of more controversies than mere Facebook drama in recent months. Indeed, allegations against Chief Santiago regarding a plan to frame a city official and install himself as Police Chief is much more serious.

Back in September of this year, Columbia, S.C. Police Chief Ruben Santiago found himself facing accusations that he had attempted to mastermind a conspiracy to frame Assistant City Manager Allison Baker with gun and drug charges in order to get him fired. The plan, according to former CPD Captain David Navarro, was to allow then-Police Chief Randy Scott to move into his position, thus allowing Santiago to move up to the position of Police Chief.

The plot, nicknamed “Black Ops,” allegedly involved planting both a stolen gun and cocaine in Baker’s car, which would then set off the chain of events resulting in Santiago’s promotion.

The plan, however, was blown wide open when Captain David Navarro filed reports to both S.L.E.D. (State Law Enforcement Division) and Internal Affairs. Navarro was suspended without pay within hours of his making the reports.

Captain Navarro was Commander of the Community Services Team which consisted of several other “teams” including: P.A.C.E. Team, Police Athletic League and Drug Suppression Team, Warrant Team, and a K-9 Unit. He is a 34-year Law Enforcement and military veteran and has been with the Columbia Police Department for two years. Previously, he served as Fort Jackson’s Police Chief and spent over eight years with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department as well as twenty years in the U.S. military.

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