Video Released of Lonnie Randolph, Police Encounter

7:06 PM, Jul 25, 2013   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) - A surveillance video has been released that shows an incident between Columbia police officers and State NAACP President Dr. Lonnie Randolph from earlier this month.

News19 obtained a copy of the video Thursday afternoon.

Back on July 13th, police charged Randolph after an incident at a cleaners in Columbia's Five Points. An incident report says the clerk said Randolph didn't pay a bill and refused to leave the store.

The video News19 received shows most of the incident. The camera was pointed down at the parking lot.

When officers arrived, they said Randolph began to move back and forth in an irritated manner. The video appears to show Randolph moving back and forth, and the officers then grabbed him to begin placing him under arrest.

The video shows officers take Randolph to the ground, where they apparently put handcuffs on him. This part of the incident is obscured by a large SUV that doesn't allow a vantage point to see what officers were doing with Randolph while he was on the ground.

About one minute and six seconds later, the officers emerge with a restrained Randolph, who they bring over to the patrol car. Randolph is brought to the rear passenger side of the vehicle. At that point, officers attempt to put Randolph inside the car; however, there is a struggle, and both officers can be seen physically putting Randolph in the car.

Randolph was never formally arrested; instead, he was taken to the hospital, where he was field booked on charges of trespassing after warning, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest.

Randolph's attorney, Joe McCulloch, has said that his client was having a diabetic episode, which causes confusion and disorientation.

In the report, it states that officers hit Randolph in the chest and knees, and that he had a bloodly lip after the encounter. McCulloch, though, says his client is missing teeth.

McCulloch filed a motion Thursday to dismiss the charges against Randolph. He also submitted affidavits in court from prominent figures in Columbia--including Sheriff Leon Lott, former SLED Director Reggie Lloyd, and State Rep. Kirkman Finlay--who attest that Randolph has this medical condition, and that they have witnessed him exhibiting these symptoms.

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