SC NAACP Chief Blames Diabetes For Columbia Arrest
July 18, 2013
The interim Columbia police chief says he believes a medical condition caused the problems that led to the arrest of the president of the South Carolina chapter of the NAACP and he thinks a judge will dismiss the charges.
Officers arrested 63-year-old Lonnie Randolph on Friday at a dry cleaners after he wouldn't pay his bill, then refused to leave.
Randolph's lawyer says he was suffering from problems associated with diabetes which can leave him confused and disoriented.
Interim Columbia Police Chief Ruben Santiago said Wednesday he considers Randolph a friend and knows of his medical problems.
Santiago says his officers had to use force to arrest Randolph because they did not know about his medical condition and had to make sure he wasn't a threat to himself or others.Head Of SC NAACP Arrested At Columbia Dry Cleaner
July 17, 2013
The president of the South Carolina chapter of the NAACP was arrested after a confrontation at a Columbia dry cleaners.
Police say an employee at a Tripp's Cleaners called Friday saying Lonnie Randolph would not pay his bill, then refused to leave.
Officers escorted the 63-year-old Randolph out of the business. Police say he struggled when they tried to handcuff him, and officers struck Randolph in the chest to get him into a police car.
Randolph was taken to a hospital but refused treatment. Interim Police Chief Reuben Santiago told officers to ticket Randolph and release him.
Randolph was charged with trespassing, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Randolph is at a convention in Florida, and his attorney says he will ask that a Wednesday court appearance be delayed.
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