• Oakland to pay former city councilman $360,000 to settle lawsuit alleging racial discrimination, police brutality

    22 days ago - By Bésame

    The city of Oakland has agreed to pay $360,000 to settle a federal lawsuit filed by a former councilman who claimed that city staff and police officers racially discriminated against him and used excessive force during his arrest nearly three years ago at a planning office.
    Wilson Riles Jr., who served on the City Council from 1979 to 1992, and ran unsuccessfully for mayor three times, said he plans to use “as much of this money as I can” to advocate for changes at the Oakland Police Department after recently agreeing to settle the federal lawsuit. The City Council approved the settlement...
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