Columbia police say they intend to drop charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct against South Carolina NAACP President Lonnie Randolph.
He was arrested last Friday evening at a Five Points dry cleaners after a confrontation with employees.
Police say the 63-year-old refused to pay his bill, would not leave and did not cooperate when officers tried to handcuff him and put him in a police car.
But his attorney attributes the behavior to Randolph's diabetes, and Columbia Police Chief Ruben Santiago agrees.
He says he's known the civil rights leader for years and was aware of his medical condition.
Santiago says Randolph was “not himself” during the incident, so police will ask the court not to proceed with the charges, which also include trespassing.