RICHMOND -- A Richmond police officer with a history of alleged misconduct is seeking a restraining order against a man who lives in his Fairfield neighborhood, saying he needs protection to " ... ensure (the neighbor) will not confront, harass or harm any members of my family."
The Richmond officer, nine-year veteran Dedrick Riley, was placed on paid leave after a Jan. 11 incident in front of his Fairfield home. According to a Fairfield police report, Riley pulled his police-issued gun that night on Robert Gregory, 42, who parked in front of Riley's house following a near collision between the two men's vehicles that occurred when Gregory slammed his brakes while Riley drove behind him.
In his synopsis, Riley, 43, wrote that he clutched his "semi-auto handgun down along my left side" and brandished his badge with his right hand toward Gregory, who was sitting in his truck in front of Riley's house. In the report taken by Fairfield officers, Riley was described as holding his gun at the "low ready" position. Riley denied punching Gregory through the window of the truck, but officers observed injuries to Gregory's left eye. After several interviews, they arrested Riley, cuffed him and placed him in the back of their patrol car.
According to the police report, officers released Riley based on Gregory's request. Riley told officers that Gregory's injuries occurred when Gregory was trying to exit his truck and Riley slammed shut the door.
" ... he attempted to exit his vehicle to possibly harm me, my son, and my residence," Riley wrote.
Reached by phone Friday, Gregory declined to comment. Riley could not be reached.
Riley returned to work April 4 but is doing desk duty; his attorney says he wants to return to street patrol. Riley filed the request for the restraining order April 25. Riley has faced several charges of misconduct in the past. He has twice saved his job through arbitration after appealing the city's decision to fire him following alleged misuse of force.
Riley's most recent legal battle was over accusations that he used excessive force in March 2009, when a fellow officer said Riley repeatedly punched a man whom he had observed smoking crack. A jury in January 2012 acquitted Riley of unnecessary assault by an officer, filing a false police report and battery.
In his restraining order request, Riley wrote that his neighbor will " ... retaliate against me or my family members in anger" over Riley not being charged with any crime and returning to work.
"I am a police officer, and I am asking the court to protect me and my family from further violent behaviors ..." Riley wrote.
The case is scheduled to be heard at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Solano Justice Building in Vallejo.