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Trial scheduled for state NAACP leader

COLUMBIA — The misdemeanor trial for the leader of the South Carolina NAACP is scheduled for Dec. 9.

Lonnie Randolph, 63, is charged with disorderly conduct, trespassing and resisting arrest. Officers say an employee at a dry-cleaning business asked Randolph to leave July 12, and Randolph became irritated and struggled with officers as they handcuffed him and used force to put him in the patrol car.

Randolph and attorney Joe McCulloch say he was having a diabetic episode, which causes confusion and disorientation. Randolph said he believes race played a role in his treatment.

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