Update: American River College Student President detained by police, not allowed back on campus


Jeff Gonzales and Jeff Gonzales

Los Rios police officers would not allow American River College  Associated Student Body acting President Jorge Riley back onto campus without administration approval the day after he was detained and ticketed for public intoxication Wednesday.

In a phone interview, Riley spoke with The Current about the detainment, claiming the police were making “outlandish statements” by accusing him of drinking before a meeting with Vice President of Student Services Pam Walker.

“(The police) did not give me a breathalyzer or field sobriety test,” said Riley disputing the validity of the charge. “They dragged me across campus in handcuffs.”

ASB Senator Laurie Jones, who was with Riley at the meeting with the Vice President, emailed The Current writing, “I never smelled any alcohol or saw Jorge exhibit any drunken behavior.”

“As Jorge reentered the building, (the police) called to him by name,” Jones wrote in her email. “I turned around and saw him respond to them politely. I kept walking south because I had no idea what was about to happen.”

Police took Riley to their campus offices, detained him for an hour, then ticketed and released him back onto campus. Walker referred all questions to campus police, who were not immediately available to speak to The Current before going to print.

Riley claimed he was tired and dressed down when he met with Walker and that was the reason people in her office though he had been drinking.

When Riley returned the campus the following day police asked him to leave campus.

“The police said I could not come back on campus until I talk to Dean Manuel Perez,” Riley said. “I will be trying to meet with him (Tuesday).”

Perez had been out of town at a conference and was unavailable for comment before The Current went to print.

Riley and Jones were meeting with the Vice President to discuss Riley’s disqualification from the ASB special elections. Riley was not named on the ballot because he failed to provide the 50 signatures needed on his application petition.

“His application petition had only had 52 signatures and 4 had been invalidated, leaving 48,” Jones wrote in her email.

After the special election Riley will retain his place as ASB Senate director of finance, a position he was elected to amidst protest in April.  Former ASB Senate President Quierra Robey along with other ASB officers went around campus with signs reading “Vote No” due to Riley’s place on the 2008 student government board that endorsed the anti-gay marriage Prop. 8.

Despite many speaking against him, Riley became acting president following the resignation of Tyrone Robinson at the start of the current semester. Order of succession in the ASB called for Riley to take the position since no vice president had been elected.

The Current will continue following the story at arcurrent.com.