Thursday, April 17, 2014
Attorney Offers Medical Explanation for NCAAP Pres.'s Behavior
Columbia, SC (WOLO)-- The attorney for state NAACP President Lonnie Randolph says what was interpreted as a crime last Friday were actually symptoms of diabetes.
In a statement released Wednesday, Attorney Joe McCulloch says, "This incident is the result of a cascade of misunderstandings and the individuals involved not recognizing the diabetic condition.
Though a long time customer at the Five Points business, last Friday he (Randolph) encountered an employee who did not know him and who was unaware of his diabetic condition, and not recognizing his disorientation for what it was, the police rather than EMS were summoned."
Investigators say an employee at Tripp's Cleaners in Five Points called Friday saying Randolph refused to leave and would not pay his bill.
According to an incident report, Randolph struggled when the tried to hand-cuff him and was struck in the chest and legs to get him into the police car.
The South Carolina NAACP president was charged with trespassing, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest.
He is currently at a convention in Florida.
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