Former Oakland City Council Member Riles Jr. Expected To File Complaint After Arrest

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October 21, 2019 - 2:23 pm
OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 06: An Oakland Police patrol car sits in front of the Oakland Police headquarters on December 6, 2012 in Oakland, California. Oakland City officials have come to an agreement to forfeit broad power over the Oakland Police Department

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Former Oakland City Councilman Wilson Riles Junior is fighting back against criminal charges, after he said he had attempted to resolve an argument at the city's Planning and Zoning Department earlier this month. 

Riles had gone there to talk about a year's long battle with the city over a "sweat lodge" and a few temporary buildings that his family built in their backyard.   

However, as Riles told KPIX-5, the situation quickly escalated. Before he knew it, he had been tackled, handcuffed, and was under arrest.

“I hadn’t threatened anybody, I hadn’t put my hands on anybody,” Riles said. “You know, I was angry.”     

Riles was charged with battery on an officer. He had plans to file a complaint with the Oakland Police Commission.

The 73-year-old served on the City Council from 1979 to 1992. 

Oakland Police did not respond to KCBS Radio's inquiries.