Charges Dropped Against NAACP Leader After Wrestling With Officers at Dry Cleaners (Video)
In July 2013 South Carolina NAACP President Lonnie Randolph was arrested after he wrestled police officers at a dry cleaners.
A surveillance video was released that shows the incident between Columbia police officers and NAACP President Dr. Lonnie Randolph. The police report says Randolph didn’t pay a bill and refused to leave the store – so officers were called in.
Today charges were dropped against NAACP Leader Lonnie Randolph.
The Charlotte Observer reported:
Prosecutors have dropped disorderly conduct, trespassing and resisting arrest charges against South Carolina NAACP Lonnie Randolph the same day his trial was set to begin.
City of Columbia prosecutors said Monday that the owner of the dry cleaners where Randolph was arrested decided not to go forward with the case. Randolph’s lawyer says the letter was sent to the city more than a month ago.
Randolph says he suffered a diabetic episode that left him disoriented and unable to follow the commands of officers who arrested him in July. He lost several teeth as officers slammed him to the ground and he was kept in handcuffs even after being brought to the hospital.