(Last Updated On: October 21, 2019)

The City of released a statement in the matter of the arrest of former Councilmmeber Wilson Riles, and for an incident that Zennie62Media calls “Zoning While Black.” Wilson Riles is California’s first elected African American public official.

Wilson Riles Former Oakland Councilmember
Wilson Riles Former Councilmember

, CA – Wilson Riles version of what happened is here at Oakland News Now. In brief, he reported the following:

I had gone to the Zoning Department

Here’s the City of ’s Statement, courtesy of Karen Boyd, the City of Communications Director, who sent it to Zennie62Media.

City of Oakland
City of

“We recognize the arrest of former Councilmember Wilson Riles in the Zoning Department raises deep community concerns. This unfortunate incident invokes two disturbing national realities that weigh heavily on us all – the use of force by police against black men as well as a heightened fear of workplace violence.

Mr. Riles was detained following a 911 call regarding a City employee who reported a hostile man had chased a City inspector into the restricted staff-only area. Mr. Riles was later arrested on suspicion of battery on a police officer.

After reviewing incident reports and Personal Digital Recording Device footage from the involved officers, Chief Anne Kirkpatrick has ordered a thorough Internal Affairs Investigation of the incident, as well as encouraged ’s Community Police Review Agency to conduct an independent investigation. In order to not compromise the integrity of these critical investigations, the City of will not be releasing further information about this incident until these investigations are sufficiently complete.

An internal affairs investigation has been launched to review every aspect of this incident. Employee safety, and the right to feel secure in the workplace, is paramount to the City of , as is the right of all African-American residents to feel safe, and free from police bias, which is deeply rooted in this country’s racist history.”

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