SAN DIEGO — Criminal charges won’t be filed against a man who claimed he was arrested by San Diego police because he’s black.
The district attorney’s office announced Friday it won’t file charges against Richard Wiley because it couldn’t prove them beyond a reasonable doubt.
The San Diego Union-Tribune (http://bit.ly/2tKSdKe ) says the 66-year-old Wiley was arrested last week as he walked in the early morning hours, wearing gloves and holding a piece of a cane.
Police say an officer suspected Wiley might be casing cars, the cane was an illegal baton and a shaved key in his pocket was a burglar tool.
Wiley said the key was to his car and he used the gloves and cane while hunting for recyclable metal.
A local civil rights group criticized the arrest as racial profiling.
Information from: The San Diego Union-Tribune, http://www.utsandiego.com