Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- South Carolina NAACP President Lonnie Randolph was in court Friday morning after his lawyer filed a motion for charges against him to be dropped.
The motion filed by Joe McCulloch Thursday with the City of Columbia Municipal Court was accompanied by more than a dozen affidavits from, among others, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott, State Rep. Kirkman Finlay (R-Columbia), former SLED Director Reggie Lloyd, former City of Columbia Councilman Luther Battiste, and Columbia Police Lieutenant Glenn Gates.
Lt. Gates was one of those on the scene immediately after Randolph was placed under arrest outside Tripp's Cleaners in Five Points July 12. Randolph was charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and trespass after an employee of the store said Randolph refused to pay a bill. Previous Coverage: Video Released of Randolph, Police Incident
His attorney has said Randolph's diabetes caused his behavior that day, and says the charges should be dropped.
All the statements addressed what was said to be a known history of Mr. Randolph's medical issues.
"All of these things, all of the evidence, even the statements provided to me by the City suggests that the City's own witnesses saw his behavior to be strange and erratic," Randolph's attorney Joe McCulloch said after court was adjourned.
He expressed disappointment in the judge's decision to allow prosecutors more time to review evidence.
"The issue is was a mistake made," McCulloch said, "and I hope the evidence and information we've submitted will persuade the public, and ultimately the City that's exactly what occurred here."
Interim Columbia Police Chief Ruben Santiago has said he believes his officers acted just as they were trained to do, and could not have known Mr. Randolph's medical background upon arriving at the scene.
"I think everyone can appreciate when you first see that, things happen so quickly that an officer can't stop and say 'hey, i wonder if this person has a diabetic condition,'" Santiago said during an address to the media July 17.
Judge James Bogan ruled that the City does have the right to investigate. McCulloch said he believes that investigation will prove his client's innocence.
Mr. Randolph did not make any statements before leaving in a vehicle driven by McCulloch.
Prosecutors also asked Judge Bogan to be granted a jury trial should they decide to move forward with charges. That was granted.
A future court date has not yet been set.