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Prosecutors want more time to evaluate evidence in Randolph case

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City prosecutors have asked for more time to evaluate whether or not to prosecute state NAACP President Lonnie Randolph on disorderly conduct and resisting arrest charges.

The latest move comes as Randolph's attorney, Joe McCulloch, filed a motion to have the charges dropped against his client, citing Randolph's Type 1 Diabetes as a factor in the case.

McCulloch says he is disappointed with the result because he wants to stop the damage to Randolph's reputation and remove the "cynicism" about the case.

Randolph was arrested back on July 12 in front of Tripp's Dry Cleaning in Five Points. An employee called police, saying Randolph refused to pay his bill and would not to leave.

Surveillance video released by McCulloch Thursday shows Randolph stumbling in front of the business as Columbia Police showed up.

Police said Randolph had become boisterous inside the store, refusing to pay his bill or to leave when ordered by an employee.

The footage goes on to show police struggling to arrest Randolph and pushing him face first into the ground.

Eventually, police said they were able to get Randolph into a police cruiser to take him to a local hospital, but he refused treatment there.

The incident report shows Randolph was "field booked" and released with approval from Interim Police Chief Ruben Santiago. Santiago later said he believes dismissing the charges is the right thing to do in light of Randolph's struggle with Diabetes.

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