Just to give y’all something to discuss while I’m tinkering around under the hood of the blog, how about this for a topic:
Columbia City Council members Wednesday publicly questioned the police department’s decision to investigate Mayor-elect Steve Benjamin’s April 21 car accident, characterizing it as “a series of … horrible decisions.”
“We are wearing our credibility out,” Councilman Kirkman Finlay said. “My personal opinion? It’s disheartening.”
Council members said city residents are complaining, loudly, about the need for an outside agency to investigate. Benjamin, too, asked for an outside investigation, on the day of the accident that seriously injured the other driver but left him unhurt….
“I believe the credibility of the city and the investigation is at stake,” [Mayor Bob] Coble wrote. “Clearly there is a conflict with the City Police investigating the Mayor-elect just as if it were the Mayor. It would seem we have an obligation to avoid the appearance of a conflict as well.”…
Wednesday, reacting to what they said was public pressure, council members were ready to enact a new policy that would require the police department to turn over any investigations involving the Columbia city manager, assistant city managers, council members or council members-elect. Councilwoman Belinda Gergel, who proposed the policy, also wanted to include in the resolution language that would ask the Highway Patrol to take over the Benjamin accident investigation.
“It would help remove a cloud of uncertainty in the eyes of our citizens and residents,” Gergel said….
You should read the whole story. Pretty scathing.
It appears that the only people who think the Columbia Police Department should control this investigation is the Columbia Police Department.