Charges continue to fly between a fired Columbia police captain and the Police Department.
Former Captain Dave Navarro, fired this month for insubordination and other charges, has now sued the city for wrongful termination -- claiming his dismissal was retaliation for his refusal to participate in schemes to get another police officer and an assistant city manager fired.
Police Chief Ruben Santiago has denied any such conspiracy, and filed a defamation lawsuit against Navarro last week.
But in his lawsuit, Navarro (pictured above) also charges Santiago with racketeering and violating the corrupt organizations act.
The former captain contends the police chief heads what amounts to a criminal operation that shows favoritism to certain officers and members of the public.
That last accusation includes a reference to the recent arrest of state NAACP President Lonnie Randolph, charged with disorderly conduct at a Five Points dry cleaners.
Navarro contends Santiago is obstructing justice because of comments that police might not pursue a conviction against Randolph in court because the civil rights leader's unlawful behavior could be a result of his diabetes.