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Hit List, Race War Alleged At CPD

The City of Columbia, S.C. police department (CPD) is a disaster, people. In fact it has been ever since mayor Steve Benjamin was elected in 2010. Of course that’s not surprising when you consider the circumstances under which Benjamin took office … Anyway, the results are not in dispute: Galling incompetence and a…

The City of Columbia, S.C. police department (CPD) is a disaster, people. In fact it has been ever since mayor Steve Benjamin was elected in 2010. Of course that’s not surprising when you consider the circumstances under which Benjamin took office …

Anyway, the results are not in dispute: Galling incompetence and a marked deterioration in public safety. And things are getting worse … much worse.

The latest allegations?

According to sources within the department, CPD leaders have a “hit list” of prominent citizens – including elected officials, law enforcement officers and reporters – who are being targeted. Our sources claim the list is part of an emerging “race war” within city government – in which African-American leaders want to preserve “black control” of the city’s key institutions.

“The objective is to arrest, intimidate, discredit or otherwise adversely impact these people’s stature within city government or the community at-large,” says a source who claims to be familiar with the alleged list. “It is exclusively based on race.”

At the top of the alleged “hit list?” Interim Columbia, S.C. police chief Ruben Santiago – who was accused last week of his own Machiavellian methods (allegedly asking a subordinate to plant drugs on a city official). Santiago has denied the allegation – and filed a defamation suit against the officer who leveled the charge.

Of course several black officers tell FITS Santiago is the one with the hit list.

Either way … the department is spiraling out of control. Quickly.

“What you have is an agency awash in scheming and intrigue when it should be out investigating crimes and protecting citizens,” the source said.

Indeed … although city cops have carved out plenty of time to arrest college kids for underage drinking – a.k.a. the for-profit component of the city’s law enforcement function.

CPD is currently under investigation by the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED), although it is unclear whether this probe – erroneously reported by WIS TV 10 (NBC – Columbia, S.C.) to be a federal investigation – has expanded to address these allegations.

Guess we’ll find out soon … or maybe not. After all this is South Carolina, where scandals go to die.

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154 comments

Smirks July 23, 2013 at 10:41 am

I’m glad the cops are spending their time with this stupid crap than rounding up the thugs in Five Points.

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Smirks July 23, 2013 at 10:41 am

I’m glad the cops are spending their time with this stupid crap than rounding up the thugs in Five Points.

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YallCalmDown July 23, 2013 at 10:43 am

If true, y’all probably don’t need to calm down about this. Damn. Glad I don’t live in Colatown.

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rwwllms July 23, 2013 at 11:06 am

Agree. I thank God every day that I don’t live in Columbia and Richland County.

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Jay Ellington July 23, 2013 at 11:16 am

And I get nauseous every day I wake up in Columbia and Richland County to the realization that own multiple properties in this armpit.

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Finius Nullis July 23, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Who are you referring to re ownership?

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Jay Ellington July 23, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Moi.

southmauldin July 23, 2013 at 12:16 pm

I’m glad I’m leaving town soon – I have never seen a more corrupt city in my life. It’s as if every elected/appointed official have their collective hands in as many pockets as possible.
Anybody wanna buy my house? I’m selling it realy cheap, but you will have to pay city taxes and a city water bill.

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Jay Ellington July 23, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Columbia is right up there with the worst of the worse, Detroit, Chicago, New Orleans.

rwwllms July 23, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Jay I would sell those properties now before the armpit turns smellier than a cesspool and drastically lowers their value.

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YallCalmDown July 23, 2013 at 10:43 am

If true, y’all probably don’t need to calm down about this. Damn. Glad I don’t live in Colatown.

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rwwllms July 23, 2013 at 11:06 am

Agree. I thank God every day that I don’t live in Columbia and Richland County.

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The Ghost of Fat Greg Dulli July 23, 2013 at 11:16 am

And I get nauseous every day I wake up in Columbia and Richland County to the realization that own multiple properties in this armpit.

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Finius Nullis July 23, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Who are you referring to re ownership?

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The Ghost of Fat Greg Dulli July 23, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Moi.

southmauldin July 23, 2013 at 12:16 pm

I’m glad I’m leaving town soon – I have never seen a more corrupt city in my life. It’s as if every elected/appointed official have their collective hands in as many pockets as possible.
Anybody wanna buy my house? I’m selling it really cheap, but you will have to pay city taxes and a city water bill.

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The Ghost of Fat Greg Dulli July 23, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Columbia is right up there with the worst of the worse, Detroit, Chicago, New Orleans.

rwwllms July 23, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Jay I would sell those properties now before the armpit turns smellier than a cesspool and drastically lowers their value.

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Finius Nullis July 23, 2013 at 10:44 am Reply
Frank Pytel July 23, 2013 at 10:47 am

Nah Nah Nah. Detroit and many others, possibly Cola soon as well, is about one thing.

The unions are pissed about having to eat Oshitforbrainscare and the gubmints are loving it. The union scum will get a pay raise out of it because the local gubmints won’t have to fund healthcare anymore for their union scumbuddies.

Just another shill game from Oshitforbrains with Love.

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Finius Nullis July 23, 2013 at 10:52 am

I was referring mainly the part about New York City.

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Finius Nullis July 23, 2013 at 10:44 am Reply
Frank Pytel July 23, 2013 at 10:47 am

Nah Nah Nah. Detroit and many others, possibly Cola soon as well, is about one thing.

The unions are pissed about having to eat Oshitforbrainscare and the gubmints are loving it. The union scum will get a pay raise out of it because the local gubmints won’t have to fund healthcare anymore for their union scumbuddies.

Just another shill game from Oshitforbrains with Love.

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Finius Nullis July 23, 2013 at 10:52 am

I was referring mainly the part about New York City.

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Finius Nullis July 23, 2013 at 10:46 am

Has Nikki been notified about these allegations? Perhaps this explains her sudden interest in firearms.

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Jay Ellington July 23, 2013 at 11:02 am

Pretty sure Nikki is the only person that has the power to unseat our derelict mayor.

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Scooter July 23, 2013 at 9:04 pm

And it would be one heck of a boost for her reelection.

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Finius Nullis July 23, 2013 at 10:46 am

Has Nikki been notified about these allegations? Perhaps this explains her sudden interest in firearms.

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The Ghost of Fat Greg Dulli July 23, 2013 at 11:02 am

Pretty sure Nikki is the only person that has the power to unseat our derelict mayor.

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Scooter July 23, 2013 at 9:04 pm

And it would be one heck of a boost for her reelection.

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Todd July 23, 2013 at 11:15 am

I have heard that the cops are instructed to get as many “white people” as they can with DUI to help build up the numbers of white people getting arrested in Richland County as they can. All but Jean Toal, of course.

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Todd July 23, 2013 at 11:15 am

I have heard that the cops are instructed to get as many “white people” as they can with DUI to help build up the numbers of white people getting arrested in Richland County as they can. All but Jean Toal, of course.

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Batman July 23, 2013 at 11:17 am

This has gone on long enough and the public trust as deminished greatly during the Steve Benjamin era. It all started with the night he won office and women washurt by a”non-intoxicated Benjamin”. The first arrogant Chief lost his job trying to block the investigaton to preserve Benjamin’s reign. Then the PTSD Chief Randy Scott came around. Botched his first investigation an looked like a fool and was still kept on boar with Benjamin. Went missing for weeks and came bck rying on tv claiming PTSD. Wow, its funny he looke and acted fine until the hammer was getting ready to come down on him about the drug use and the prostitutes came out. Then entered Santiago. Little did everyone know he hs been part of the probem all along. He was the alledged go-to-hinchman that Randy Scott used for his dirty work.
What, if anything have we learned fro all of this? Well, it seems like Leon Lotthas created a bunch of corrupt cops, and he has put his seal of approval on each of them.
That doesn’t speak wel for him. The part in the news that the city council wants to put the PD under the sheriff. Realllllllllly bad idea. You think you have problems now. Lets look;
Dan Johnson—Divorced and sleeps with most his female staff-married or not–pulls his gun on an FBI agent
Randy Scott–PTSD–incompetent ivestigations—Drugs–Alochol-Women—Immediately hired back by Leon
Santiago—-Hinchman for Scott–incompetent–Racial–Corrupt
Three key people working directly with Benjamin and Lott.
The good people need to stand up and get rid of Benjamin and Lott and a lot of the trash will follow.
Columbia needs to practice risk management and kick Saniago to the curb and seek a professonal Chef and quit looking at the skin color

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CorruptionInColumbia July 23, 2013 at 11:30 am

Excellent post except for one detail. Tandy Carter was NOT covering up for Benjamin. A Lt or Captain made the decision for CPD to investigate the wreck Benjamin was in. By the time Carter got word of it, (it happened early in morning) SCHP would rightfully not work it because debris and other physical evidence had been corrupted (moved). Carter, as many administrators in all types of businesses will do, backed the hand of his Captain or Lt who made the (admittedly poor) decision to have CPD work that wreck. This is done because people who are entrusted to make decisions in behalf of a Chief, CEO, etc, are generally supported, AND because SCHP was not going to work the wreck at that late point in time, anyway.

Stevie Gantt wanted to pretend he was a policeman and tell Tandy Carter what to do and how to do it. TC, was hired to run CPD. He has police training and experience, something that Stevie Gantt had neither of. Tandy Carter was fired because he wouldn’t lick Stevie Gantt’s butt and because Stevie had the power and the backing of the Richland/Columbia political machine.

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Batman July 23, 2013 at 11:41 am

I agree with ou about Carter. But, remember-Carter came before Benjamin. The really bad have come from him since in office. The last two Chiefs came from RCSD. The solicitor came from RCSD. If these three are on the surface, what is under the surface at RCSD. I have heard some wild stories coming outof RCSD. If they are up in rank there, there seems to be a smell about them as we have seen with the last two.

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CorruptionInColumbia July 23, 2013 at 11:54 am

Thank You for being one of the few who gets it and sees those things, too!!!!! You are one of the few who has noticed the goings on surrounding what I now call, “The Lott Family”.

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Finius Nullis July 23, 2013 at 12:09 pm

This is why people like these are called “cockroaches” — especially on Fitsnews.

Batman July 23, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Finiu Nullis=”A Son of Nobody”

I am assuming you are a lawyer, Hmmmmmmmmm. Hello Mr Johnson

Finius Nullis July 23, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Congratulations to you for your intellectual curiosity! Actually I am not a lawyer.
I selected this “alias” for Fitsnews only, and chose it because I like to be considered a gadabout, an anonymous person, and in general a man about town.
I enjoy roaming around among the citizens stirring up responses from some of my comments, but yet posting some serious thoughts and questions.
The commentators on Fitsnews provide the best all around comments for knowledge, criticism, and debates not found anywhere else.

Finius Nullis July 23, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Although there is an attorney with the name of Finis Royal.

CorruptionInColumbia July 23, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Other than the part about Carter, your post was absolutely spot-on! You are right about all appointed since Benjamin took over. What we have here is a giant political machine which crosses from Richland County government to Columbia City government and back again. When some vocal and very brave CPD officers let it be known in public meetings that they did not want Leon Lott running their department, Lott brokered some back room, back alley deals to install his boy Scott as Chief, with no one else being given the opportunity to interview or apply for the job and be considered.

When Scott self-destructed, his crony Santiago was installed as Chief. The Scott/Santiago clique has targeted many productive, hard-working, old guard CPD officers for intense harassment, surveillance, and even firing. They have succeeded in running off some good officers.

The Lott Family tries to take care of its own. It seems that Captain Navarro breaking ranks with the Family, has exposed it to a lot of sunshine that it did not expect or want.

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Guest July 23, 2013 at 8:25 pm

I heard Lott’s wife is in law enforcement. Where does she work?

CorruptionInColumbia July 23, 2013 at 8:36 pm

I’m not certain about now, but I have heard that either a wife or ex-wife of his works (worked) at SLED. This is one more reason that I find it ludicrous to believe that SLED is capable of a fair and impartial investigation of the allegations at CPD.

TrueDat July 26, 2013 at 9:17 am

She’s a senior agent at SLED.

Jay Ellington July 23, 2013 at 11:48 am

Nailed it!

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You know me July 23, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Let us not forget how the Sponseller murder was handled.

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Finius Nullis July 23, 2013 at 12:20 pm

“Murder” may be the correct term – I still don’t believe he killed himself.

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You know me July 23, 2013 at 3:53 pm

Everybody, including Randy, knows the truth. All swept under the rug.

CorruptionInColumbia July 23, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Yep! Scott tried to cover for the shortcomings of himself and his crony Santiago, by forcing one productive veteran officer into retirement and firing the other.

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Aura Green July 23, 2013 at 9:22 pm

Sad because Carter was a really good person and would have brought a lot of good change to C.P.D.

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Danger, Will Robinson! Danger! July 26, 2013 at 9:15 am

But there was already a SCHP trooper at the scene initially, and he refused to work it because Benjamin wasn’t “actually” the mayor yet, and it wasn’t a city vehicle. Carter just stood up and took the hit as Man-In-Charge.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein July 23, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Columbia needs to practice risk management and kick Saniago to the curb and seek a professonal Chef and quit looking at the skin color

Not going anywhere for a while?

*Snickers*

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nmgice3ieZ4

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witty1 July 23, 2013 at 7:00 pm

A professional chef? that will do wonders

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Batman July 23, 2013 at 11:17 am

This has gone on long enough and the public trust as deminished greatly during the Steve Benjamin era. It all started with the night he won office and women washurt by a”non-intoxicated Benjamin”. The first arrogant Chief lost his job trying to block the investigaton to preserve Benjamin’s reign. Then the PTSD Chief Randy Scott came around. Botched his first investigation an looked like a fool and was still kept on boar with Benjamin. Went missing for weeks and came bck rying on tv claiming PTSD. Wow, its funny he looke and acted fine until the hammer was getting ready to come down on him about the drug use and the prostitutes came out. Then entered Santiago. Little did everyone know he hs been part of the probem all along. He was the alledged go-to-hinchman that Randy Scott used for his dirty work.
What, if anything have we learned fro all of this? Well, it seems like Leon Lotthas created a bunch of corrupt cops, and he has put his seal of approval on each of them.
That doesn’t speak wel for him. The part in the news that the city council wants to put the PD under the sheriff. Realllllllllly bad idea. You think you have problems now. Lets look;
Dan Johnson—Divorced and sleeps with most his female staff-married or not–pulls his gun on an FBI agent
Randy Scott–PTSD–incompetent ivestigations—Drugs–Alochol-Women—Immediately hired back by Leon
Santiago—-Hinchman for Scott–incompetent–Racial–Corrupt
Three key people working directly with Benjamin and Lott.
The good people need to stand up and get rid of Benjamin and Lott and a lot of the trash will follow.
Columbia needs to practice risk management and kick Saniago to the curb and seek a professonal Chef and quit looking at the skin color

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CorruptionInColumbia July 23, 2013 at 11:30 am

Excellent post except for one detail. Tandy Carter was NOT covering up for Benjamin. A Lt or Captain made the decision for CPD to investigate the wreck Benjamin was in. By the time Carter got word of it, (it happened early in morning) SCHP would rightfully not work it because debris and other physical evidence had been corrupted (moved). Carter, as many administrators in all types of businesses will do, backed the hand of his Captain or Lt who made the (admittedly poor) decision to have CPD work that wreck. This is done because people who are entrusted to make decisions in behalf of a Chief, CEO, etc, are generally supported, AND because SCHP was not going to work the wreck at that late point in time, anyway.

Stevie Gantt wanted to pretend he was a policeman and tell Tandy Carter what to do and how to do it. TC, was hired to run CPD. He has police training and experience, something that Stevie Gantt had neither of. Tandy Carter was fired because he wouldn’t lick Stevie Gantt’s butt and because Stevie had the power and the backing of the Richland/Columbia political machine.

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Batman July 23, 2013 at 11:41 am

I agree with ou about Carter. But, remember-Carter came before Benjamin. The really bad have come from him since in office. The last two Chiefs came from RCSD. The solicitor came from RCSD. If these three are on the surface, what is under the surface at RCSD. I have heard some wild stories coming outof RCSD. If they are up in rank there, there seems to be a smell about them as we have seen with the last two.

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CorruptionInColumbia July 23, 2013 at 11:54 am

Thank You for being one of the few who gets it and sees those things, too!!!!! You are one of the few who has noticed the goings on surrounding what I now call, “The Lott Family”.

Reply
Finius Nullis July 23, 2013 at 12:09 pm

This is why people like these are called “cockroaches” — especially on Fitsnews.

Batman July 23, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Finiu Nullis=”A Son of Nobody”

I am assuming you are a lawyer, Hmmmmmmmmm. Hello Mr Johnson

Finius Nullis July 23, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Congratulations to you for your intellectual curiosity! Actually I am not a lawyer.
I selected this “alias” for Fitsnews only, and chose it because I like to be considered a gadabout, an anonymous person, and in general a man about town.
I enjoy roaming around among the citizens stirring up responses from some of my comments, but yet posting some serious thoughts and questions.
The commentators on Fitsnews provide the best all around comments for knowledge, criticism, and debates not found anywhere else.

Finius Nullis July 23, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Although there is an attorney with the name of Finis Royal.

CorruptionInColumbia July 23, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Other than the part about Carter, your post was absolutely spot-on! You are right about all appointed since Benjamin took over. What we have here is a giant political machine which crosses from Richland County government to Columbia City government and back again. When some vocal and very brave CPD officers let it be known in public meetings that they did not want Leon Lott running their department, Lott brokered some back room, back alley deals to install his boy Scott as Chief, with no one else being given the opportunity to interview or apply for the job and be considered.

When Scott self-destructed, his crony Santiago was installed as Chief. The Scott/Santiago clique has targeted many productive, hard-working, old guard CPD officers for intense harassment, surveillance, and even firing. They have succeeded in running off some good officers.

The Lott Family tries to take care of its own. It seems that Captain Navarro breaking ranks with the Family, has exposed it to a lot of sunshine that it did not expect or want.

Reply
Guest July 23, 2013 at 8:25 pm

I heard Lott’s wife is in law enforcement. Where does she work?

CorruptionInColumbia July 23, 2013 at 8:36 pm

I’m not certain about now, but I have heard that either a wife or ex-wife of his works (worked) at SLED. This is one more reason that I find it ludicrous to believe that SLED is capable of a fair and impartial investigation of the allegations at CPD.

TrueDat July 26, 2013 at 9:17 am

She’s a senior agent at SLED.

The Ghost of Fat Greg Dulli July 23, 2013 at 11:48 am

Nailed it!

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You know me July 23, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Let us not forget how the Sponseller murder was handled.

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Finius Nullis July 23, 2013 at 12:20 pm

“Murder” may be the correct term – I still don’t believe he killed himself.

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You know me July 23, 2013 at 3:53 pm

Everybody, including Randy, knows the truth. All swept under the rug.

CorruptionInColumbia July 23, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Yep! Scott tried to cover for the shortcomings of himself and his crony Santiago, by forcing one productive veteran officer into retirement and firing the other.

Reply
Aura Green July 23, 2013 at 9:22 pm

Sad because Carter was a really good person and would have brought a lot of good change to C.P.D.

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Danger, Will Robinson! Danger! July 26, 2013 at 9:15 am

But there was already a SCHP trooper at the scene initially, and he refused to work it because Benjamin wasn’t “actually” the mayor yet, and it wasn’t a city vehicle. Carter just stood up and took the hit as Man-In-Charge.

Reply
TontoBubbaGoldstein July 23, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Columbia needs to practice risk management and kick Saniago to the curb and seek a professonal Chef and quit looking at the skin color

Not going anywhere for a while?

*Snickers*

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nmgice3ieZ4

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witty1 July 23, 2013 at 7:00 pm

A professional chef? that will do wonders

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CorruptionInColumbia July 23, 2013 at 11:21 am

Fits, Santiago and his cronies ARE the ones with the hit list. Some of the targets include Assistant City Manager Allison Baker, a Black male, as well as Officers Andre’ Williams and his wife, also both Black. This is not a race war, per se. It is a very corrupt little clique which has strong ties to Richland County’s Sheriff in that most of them came from RCSD and many stand to be protected by current or former RCSD personnel during this “investigation.

Word from WIS-TV is that the FBI agent responsible for locking up Lee County’s corrupt Sheriff is working this case. That is encouraging. He sounds like he may have the balls to lock up some corrupt police officials if need be. It will take a Federal level investigation to give this any chance of not being swept under the rug, same as with the Lexington crime ring.

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CorruptionInColumbia July 23, 2013 at 11:21 am

Fits, Santiago and his cronies ARE the ones with the hit list. Some of the targets include Assistant City Manager Allison Baker, a Black male, as well as Officers Andre’ Williams and his wife, also both Black. This is not a race war, per se. It is a very corrupt little clique which has strong ties to Richland County’s Sheriff in that most of them came from RCSD and many stand to be protected by current or former RCSD personnel during this “investigation”.

Word from WIS-TV is that the FBI agent responsible for locking up Lee County’s corrupt Sheriff is working this case. That is encouraging. He sounds like he may have the balls to lock up some corrupt police officials if need be. It will take a Federal level investigation to give this any chance of not being swept under the rug, same as with the Lexington crime ring.

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GreenvilleLwyr July 23, 2013 at 11:42 am

I feel sorry for you fuckers who are stuck in Columbia…

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Jay Ellington July 23, 2013 at 11:47 am

Thank you for playing the tiny violin for us fuckers this morning.

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southmauldin July 23, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Greenville,
What type of law do you practice?

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GreenvilleLwyr July 23, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Civil litigation. And assorted tomfoolery.

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southmauldin July 23, 2013 at 3:26 pm

I’m moving back next month. I’m strictly real estate, so for the first few months I anticipate crickets and a tripling of my postings on Fits. Let me know how you bill for tomfoolery. I could make a fortune.

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Trout R Limited July 24, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Just this month I’ve met two new lawyers in Greenville. One was selling Toyotas and the other was selling perfume at Belks. No shit. And I mean new to me not the profession as both have been out of school for a few years. Real estate law ain’t what it used to be.

GreenvilleLwyr July 23, 2013 at 11:42 am

I feel sorry for you fuckers who are stuck in Columbia…

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The Ghost of Fat Greg Dulli July 23, 2013 at 11:47 am

Thank you for playing the tiny violin for us fuckers this morning.

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southmauldin July 23, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Greenville,
What type of law do you practice?

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GreenvilleLwyr July 23, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Civil litigation. And assorted tomfoolery.

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southmauldin July 23, 2013 at 3:26 pm

I’m moving back next month. I’m strictly real estate, so for the first few months I anticipate crickets and a tripling of my postings on Fits. Let me know how you bill for tomfoolery. I could make a fortune.

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Trout R Limited July 24, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Just this month I’ve met two new lawyers in Greenville. One was selling Toyotas and the other was selling perfume at Belks. No shit. And I mean new to me not the profession as both have been out of school for a few years. Real estate law ain’t what it used to be.

Finius Nullis July 23, 2013 at 11:51 am

How does all of this fit in with the “free pass” to the thugs and punk gangsters in Columbia, and specifically Five Points?

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Jay Ellington July 23, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Most of the CPD and Columbia city government are derelict in their duties, that’s on way it fits.

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Aura Green July 23, 2013 at 6:14 pm Reply
Finius Nullis July 23, 2013 at 11:51 am

How does all of this fit in with the “free pass” to the thugs and punk gangsters in Columbia, and specifically Five Points?

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The Ghost of Fat Greg Dulli July 23, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Most of the CPD and Columbia city government are derelict in their duties, that’s on way it fits.

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Aura Green July 23, 2013 at 6:14 pm Reply
TontoBubbaGoldstein July 23, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Ruben Santiago

White hispanic or Code Red victim?

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TontoBubbaGoldstein July 23, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Ruben Santiago

White hispanic or Code Red victim?

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Batman July 23, 2013 at 12:31 pm

Everyone should stand up against this. All ranks throughout CPD and let the stories unfold. Let the information flow about Scott/Santiago/Johnson/Lott/Benjamin. Columbia needs to know what really is happening in the department. All of his needs to be cleaned first and then cleaning the streets can begin. The thugs are on the streets because Columbia allows them to be. They need 0 tolerence on the thugs–I don’t care if they are white/black/pink/poka dotted. The botom line- if thug and crimnal—-they go to jail.

Get the right person in charge and tell Wilso to stay in her office and quit performing Diabeties testing on the street

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Batman July 23, 2013 at 12:31 pm

Everyone should stand up against this. All ranks throughout CPD and let the stories unfold. Let the information flow about Scott/Santiago/Johnson/Lott/Benjamin. Columbia needs to know what really is happening in the department. All of his needs to be cleaned first and then cleaning the streets can begin. The thugs are on the streets because Columbia allows them to be. They need 0 tolerence on the thugs–I don’t care if they are white/black/pink/poka dotted. The botom line- if thug and crimnal—-they go to jail.

Get the right person in charge and tell Wilso to stay in her office and quit performing Diabeties testing on the street

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scotty July 23, 2013 at 12:53 pm

It is strange to me that the people who keep electing libturd Mayors want law and order. It was the artsy crowd and clean out the underage drunks in five points who put Steve in power. The Chiefs office has been a revolving door until the savior from the Lott posse took over with the gang of thugs. Now the city is emerging as a black power fight. Who was on the job when the NAACP guy was busted the interim Chief and his boss now that is effective policing two incompetents with medical knowledge.

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Pocchr July 24, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Lott a savior? Who the hell do you think trained Scott, Santiago and the rest of RCSD transplants to CP?

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scotty July 23, 2013 at 12:53 pm

It is strange to me that the people who keep electing libturd Mayors want law and order. It was the artsy crowd and clean out the underage drunks in five points who put Steve in power. The Chiefs office has been a revolving door until the savior from the Lott posse took over with the gang of thugs. Now the city is emerging as a black power fight. Who was on the job when the NAACP guy was busted the interim Chief and his boss now that is effective policing two incompetents with medical knowledge.

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Pocchr July 24, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Lott a savior? Who the hell do you think trained Scott, Santiago and the rest of RCSD transplants to CP?

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Same ol' Same ol' July 23, 2013 at 1:06 pm

I’m gonna have to find a way around Cola when I go to the beach next week.

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Finius Nullis July 23, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Actually, you do go around Columbia — just don’t stop for food or gas or to take a leak.

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Same ol' Same ol' July 23, 2013 at 1:06 pm

I’m gonna have to find a way around Cola when I go to the beach next week.

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Finius Nullis July 23, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Actually, you do go around Columbia — just don’t stop for food or gas or to take a leak.

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Soft Sigh from Hell July 23, 2013 at 3:55 pm

Crooks in office or position have a habit of getting away with it in SC, but can we at least hope that all this commotion and roiling of fetid rot will at least prevent Santiago’s promotion to chief? Or for that matter, prevent anyone else from CPD or RCSD from attaining it.

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CorruptionInColumbia July 23, 2013 at 5:51 pm

There may be some good people at CPD still, who were not forced into early retirement, resignation, or other premature departure from the agency by the Scott/Lott/Santiago regime. I would not deny them promotion so long as they are vetted as having not part of that regime or what I call “The Lott Family”.

Most of this kind of corruption rots from the top down, although I would be extremely hesitant to install ANYone else from RCSD because in most Sheriff’s departments, you have to pledge your undying loyalty to the Sheriff god in charge to survive.

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Soft Sigh from Hell July 23, 2013 at 3:55 pm

Crooks in office or position have a habit of getting away with it in SC, but can we at least hope that all this commotion and roiling of fetid rot will at least prevent Santiago’s promotion to chief? Or for that matter, prevent anyone else from CPD or RCSD from attaining it.

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CorruptionInColumbia July 23, 2013 at 5:51 pm

There may be some good people at CPD still, who were not forced into early retirement, resignation, or other premature departure from the agency, by the Scott/Lott/Santiago regime, and who might still aspire to be CPD Chief. I would not deny them promotion so long as they are vetted as having not been part of that regime or what I call “The Lott Family”.

Most of this kind of corruption rots from the top down, although I would be extremely hesitant to install ANYone else from RCSD because in most Sheriff’s departments, you have to pledge your undying loyalty to the Sheriff god in charge to survive.

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Aura Green July 23, 2013 at 4:43 pm

Yep, good old Mayor Benj. was probably the one that thought up this whole disaster. Randy Scott hired a bunch of misfits from RCSD, he placed one in every dept. They were his eyes and he used them to do his dirty work.
Scott hardly ever showed up for work, (what was he doing?). Carter was a decent chief . There is more to this to be sure. It’s worse than Chicago racketeers.
I would not be surprised if this group of criminal thugs ordered a hit to shut people up.
Randy Scott and Mayor Benj are very close friends, they went to High School together.

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CorruptionInColumbia July 23, 2013 at 6:27 pm

Hello, fellow green person!!!!! Good to see you on here!!!!!

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Aura Green July 23, 2013 at 9:19 pm

:) :) :)

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nitrat July 24, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Isn’t Benjamin from out of state?
Is Scott? He certainly seemed home grown.

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Aura Green July 23, 2013 at 4:43 pm

Yep, good old Mayor Benj. was probably the one that thought up this whole disaster. Randy Scott hired a bunch of misfits from RCSD, he placed one in every dept. They were his eyes and he used them to do his dirty work.
Scott hardly ever showed up for work, (what was he doing?). Carter was a decent chief . There is more to this to be sure. It’s worse than Chicago racketeers.
I would not be surprised if this group of criminal thugs ordered a hit to shut people up.
Randy Scott and Mayor Benj are very close friends, they went to High School together.

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CorruptionInColumbia July 23, 2013 at 6:27 pm

Hello, fellow green person!!!!! Good to see you on here!!!!!

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Aura Green July 23, 2013 at 9:19 pm

:) :) :)

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nitrat July 24, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Isn’t Benjamin from out of state?
Is Scott? He certainly seemed home grown.

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Aura Green July 23, 2013 at 5:52 pm

Same method Obama used, surround yourself with all your COMMIE friends.

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Aura Green July 23, 2013 at 5:52 pm

Same method Obama used, surround yourself with all your COMMIE friends.

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Elfego July 23, 2013 at 6:31 pm

This is what happens when you have an outside agency trying to take over!

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Elfego July 23, 2013 at 6:31 pm

This is what happens when you have an outside agency trying to take over!

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witty1 July 23, 2013 at 7:03 pm

Who voted for these people and voting these people in office? surely not a registered voter..this is getting really pathetic people..wake up!!

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witty1 July 23, 2013 at 7:03 pm

Who voted for these people and voting these people in office? surely not a registered voter..this is getting really pathetic people..wake up!!

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Mark J July 23, 2013 at 7:26 pm

Guess this guy is taking a lesson in politics from Obama. Chicago style all the way.

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Mark J July 23, 2013 at 7:26 pm

Guess this guy is taking a lesson in politics from Obama. Chicago style all the way.

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One who knows July 23, 2013 at 9:33 pm

Corruption in Columbia thinks he knows all about RCSD. Probably a disgruntled former employee. Lott wouldn’t put up with a fraction of the bs that has gone on in the city police dept. In fact I wouldn’t be shocked to learn that Lott moved his problem children over to the city. He gets rid of the problem children and now his agency is even better than it already was. Sounds kinda ingenious if you ask me.

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CorruptionInColumbia July 23, 2013 at 9:58 pm

Lott apparently put up with these two hooligans for quite a while, promoting them higher and higher within his department. Randy was his Chief Deputy and cueball Santiago was his de-facto spokesman on many occasions in the local media.

If lot knew they were problems, what does it say about his code of honor if he put his stamp of approval on them (or at least on Scott) and put them in charge of the lives and well-being of not only Columbia’s citizens, more of whom live in Richland County, but the officers in that department, as well? I don’t know about you, but in my world, it doesn’t say much or speak highly.

If I did happen to be a former employee, would I not be more knowledgeable as such than just an outsider looking in?

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One who knows July 23, 2013 at 10:44 pm

Lott has no control over them or their actions once they leave his agency. Scott and Santiago started out doing things right. As they moved up, they fell into the power trap. Lott must have seen it and cut his losses. Maybe Lott didn’t realize just what those idiots were truly capable of.

To imply that Lott’s hands are dirty is overreaching quite a bit. He’s connected but he’s not dirty like Jimmy Metts. There’s a huge difference.

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CorruptionInColumbia July 23, 2013 at 11:19 pm

Open your eyes and look around. What about Dan Johnson? Seems a story on this site a while back, mentioned how Dan’s less than stellar deeds were covered, by most appearances, because of his ties to the Lott Family.

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CorruptionInColumbia July 23, 2013 at 11:28 pm

Lott hired baby dumpling Scott back before the ink was dry on his, er… “resignation” from CPD. This is demonstrative of how loyal and treasured members of the Lott Family are not going to be allowed to fail, at least not if Big Daddy has a say in the matter.

Open your eyes and look around. Look at the bad behavior typified by Lott’s “chosen”. What about Dan Johnson? Do you recall this article by Fits which covered Dan Johnson’s apparent rescue by the RCSD when he was under fire for his bad behavior?

https://www.fitsnews.com/2013/04/12/solicitor-anger-issues-had-other-problems/

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Batman July 24, 2013 at 8:43 am

Lott knew, as he has known about the dirty dealings throughout the county during his tenure. Take the Parker case, everyone in the county knew about Parker, and when everything hit the fan there smelled a cover-up after the fact. Lott can not do this by himself . He has to surround himself with people like Dan Johhnson, Randy Scott, and Santiago. As these people were close to him, he had to know who they really were inside and the character and their loyalty to him. They got to these positions because he helped put them there. There is a reason why. The city and RCSD hated working together and with his pawns in place he would control CPD as well. He knew these people were not ready for the position but because he put his name and stamp of approval on them to the City Council. They drank the Koolaid and agreed.

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One who knows July 23, 2013 at 9:33 pm

Corruption in Columbia thinks he knows all about RCSD. Probably a disgruntled former employee. Lott wouldn’t put up with a fraction of the bs that has gone on in the city police dept. In fact I wouldn’t be shocked to learn that Lott moved his problem children over to the city. He gets rid of the problem children and now his agency is even better than it already was. Sounds kinda ingenious if you ask me.

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CorruptionInColumbia July 23, 2013 at 9:58 pm

Lott apparently put up with these two hooligans for quite a while, promoting them higher and higher within his department. Randy was his Chief Deputy and cueball Santiago was his de-facto spokesman on many occasions in the local media.

If Lott knew they were problems, what does it say about his code of honor if he put his stamp of approval on them (or at least on Scott) and put them in charge of the lives and well-being of not only Columbia’s citizens, most of whom live in Richland County, but the officers in that department, as well? I don’t know about you, but in my world, it doesn’t say much or speak highly.

If I did happen to be a former employee, would I not be more knowledgeable as such than just an outsider looking in?

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One who knows July 23, 2013 at 10:44 pm

Lott has no control over them or their actions once they leave his agency. Scott and Santiago started out doing things right. As they moved up, they fell into the power trap. Lott must have seen it and cut his losses. Maybe Lott didn’t realize just what those idiots were truly capable of.

To imply that Lott’s hands are dirty is overreaching quite a bit. He’s connected but he’s not dirty like Jimmy Metts. There’s a huge difference.

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CorruptionInColumbia July 23, 2013 at 11:19 pm

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CorruptionInColumbia July 23, 2013 at 11:28 pm

Lott hired baby dumpling Scott back before the ink was dry on his, er… “resignation” from CPD. This is demonstrative of how loyal and treasured members of the Lott Family are not going to be allowed to fail, at least not if Big Daddy has a say in the matter.

Open your eyes and look around. Look at the bad behavior typified by Lott’s “chosen”. What about Dan Johnson? Do you recall this article by Fits which covered Dan Johnson’s apparent rescue by the RCSD when he was under fire for his bad behavior?

https://www.fitsnews.com/2013/04/12/solicitor-anger-issues-had-other-problems/

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Batman July 24, 2013 at 8:43 am

Lott knew, as he has known about the dirty dealings throughout the county during his tenure. Take the Parker case, everyone in the county knew about Parker, and when everything hit the fan there smelled a cover-up after the fact. Lott can not do this by himself . He has to surround himself with people like Dan Johhnson, Randy Scott, and Santiago. As these people were close to him, he had to know who they really were inside and the character and their loyalty to him. They got to these positions because he helped put them there. There is a reason why. The city and RCSD hated working together and with his pawns in place he would control CPD as well. He knew these people were not ready for the position but because he put his name and stamp of approval on them to the City Council. They drank the Koolaid and agreed.

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UH1LeftSeat July 24, 2013 at 2:50 am

Someones gettin a free ride here. Ass chef wiser, retired fibbie, even SIC here in cae, Seems like he might know how to keep a state or fed special prosigator from bringin daylite to the cpd, might even be able to call off those hound dogs with jus a fone call. Seems like he shoulda thrown a flag about 3 or 4 plays back if he was really a good guy. Anyone else wondrin about his below the radar role in stuff? Maybe im all wrong…

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CorruptionInColumbia July 24, 2013 at 6:27 am

You do make an excellent point!!!! Wiser was instrumental in assisting the clique in their campaign of harassment against Officer Andre’ Williams and others who were deemed enemies of the clique. It appears that he has become a little wiser (pun intended) and decided to jump ship as it is starting to sink. I believe he is going to work at USC on a teaching gig.

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UH1LeftSeat July 24, 2013 at 2:50 am

Someones gettin a free ride here. Ass chef wiser, retired fibbie, even SIC here in cae, Seems like he might know how to keep a state or fed special prosigator from bringin daylite to the cpd, might even be able to call off those hound dogs with jus a fone call. Seems like he shoulda thrown a flag about 3 or 4 plays back if he was really a good guy. Anyone else wondrin about his below the radar role in stuff? Maybe im all wrong…

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UH1LeftSeat July 24, 2013 at 2:50 am

Someones gettin a free ride here. Ass chef wiser, retired fibbie, even SIC here in cae, Seems like he might know how to keep a state or fed special prosigator from bringin daylite to the cpd, might even be able to call off those hound dogs with jus a fone call. Seems like he shoulda thrown a flag about 3 or 4 plays back if he was really a good guy. Anyone else wondrin about his below the radar role in stuff? Maybe im all wrong…

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CorruptionInColumbia July 24, 2013 at 6:27 am

You do make an excellent point!!!! Wiser was instrumental in assisting the clique in their campaign of harassment against Officer Andre’ Williams and others who were deemed enemies of the clique. It appears that he has become a little wiser (pun intended) and decided to jump ship as it is starting to sink. I believe he is going to work at USC on a teaching gig.

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darth July 24, 2013 at 10:56 am

What else is new, one can look back to the days of Solicitor Anders and a shake up of CPD defective bureau when a sting was run on an Anders’ family run ABC store…

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darth July 24, 2013 at 10:56 am

What else is new, one can look back to the days of Solicitor Anders and a shake up of CPD defective bureau when a sting was run on an Anders’ family run ABC store…

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Cola Po Po Sucks July 24, 2013 at 1:57 pm

It doesn’t matter how corrupt Mayor “DUI” is, how corrupt the City Po Po is, all that matters to voters is that they’re all black. Columbia/Richland voters would vote for Hitler is he was black. You could take a blow-up doll, paint it black and they’d vote for it. Why won’t Columbia crack down on gangs (unless they gun down a poor woman with three kids)? Because the gang members are black and the Columbia black community won’t stand for it. Columbia is dirtier than dirt. Columbia is a combination of Chicago politics and Detroit financial management.

I live only a few miles from Harbison Blvd. but drive to Lexington to shop and eat. I try to avoid going into Columbia for any reason. The Irmo area used to be nice and had great schools until Columbia came in annexed Harbison Blvd. and moved Section 8 Housing out there. Now the area is gang-infested, crime ridden, and the schools suck just like the rest of Columbia. Living in Columbia is like being sentenced to jail. I only thank God I live in Lexington County. If I owned property in Columbia I’d sure as hell sell it before most whites folks flee.

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Cola Po Po Sucks July 24, 2013 at 1:57 pm

It doesn’t matter how corrupt Mayor “DUI” is, how corrupt the City Po Po is, all that matters to voters is that they’re all black. Columbia/Richland voters would vote for Hitler is he was black. You could take a blow-up doll, paint it black and they’d vote for it. Why won’t Columbia crack down on gangs (unless they gun down a poor woman with three kids)? Because the gang members are black and the Columbia black community won’t stand for it. Columbia is dirtier than dirt. Columbia is a combination of Chicago politics and Detroit financial management.

I live only a few miles from Harbison Blvd. but drive to Lexington to shop and eat. I try to avoid going into Columbia for any reason. The Irmo area used to be nice and had great schools until Columbia came in annexed Harbison Blvd. and moved Section 8 Housing out there. Now the area is gang-infested, crime ridden, and the schools suck just like the rest of Columbia. Living in Columbia is like being sentenced to jail. I only thank God I live in Lexington County. If I owned property in Columbia I’d sure as hell sell it before most whites folks flee.

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Jim A July 24, 2013 at 9:18 pm

If I hit the lottery I will buy Columbia and turn it into a big parking lot.

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Jim A July 24, 2013 at 9:18 pm

If I hit the lottery I will buy Columbia and turn it into a big parking lot.

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Gary Jenkins August 2, 2013 at 12:26 am

At last, the sheeple are slowly starting to realize people are tribal. Diversity will not work.

Birds of a feather flock together.

Some minorities fear a White awakening, because some minorities could never build societies as desirable as what Whites have.

Whites are starting to realize, minorities have been taking advantage of White tolerance and compassion for too long.

Not long to go now… ha, ha, ha.

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Gary Jenkins August 2, 2013 at 12:26 am

At last, the sheeple are slowly starting to realize people are tribal. Diversity will not work.

Birds of a feather flock together.

Some minorities fear a White awakening, because some minorities could never build societies as desirable as what Whites have.

Whites are starting to realize, minorities have been taking advantage of White tolerance and compassion for too long.

Not long to go now… ha, ha, ha.

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colakid November 4, 2013 at 12:12 pm

This is pretty dumb, the mayor had my dad, who is white, on his transition team. This is one of the dumbest posts i have ever seen. Your thing on violent crime not being attended to does, however, make since. I had a gun aimed at my head on saturday and the 911 operator said “there is nothing we can do”

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