A far north Queensland mayor accused of using a spear to incite violence says he plans to sue police for wrongfully arresting him.

Greg McLean, the mayor of Hope Vale, 370km north of Cairns, was arrested on Tuesday on charges of affray, assaulting police and obstructing police.

Cairns Acting District Superintendent Rhys Newton says Mr McLean has been accused of trying to pick a fight with residents while holding a spear.

He then allegedly resisted arrest.

However, Mr McLean says he was actually trying to break up a fight between his family and another clan.

He had just confiscated a spear from his cousin when police arrived, he says.

"[Because the police arrived when they did] they showed that they had come there especially for me," he told AAP.

The 46-year-old says he didn't try to resist police but was only trying to move out of the way of a man who was attacking him as he was being held by officers.

"This is purely retribution on the police's side," he said.

Mr McLean says he called police on Monday to alert them to large street fights that had been breaking out between two families.

He says he had an argument with police over whether they were going to investigate his concerns.

"If they had investigated the issue on Monday when I asked them to, then people would have been calm," he said.

"The Hope Vale Police have failed me."

Mr McLean says he plans to sue Queensland Police and will be speaking to his lawyer on Thursday.

He has video footage which proves his version of events, he says.

Supt Newton told AAP he wasn't willing to comment as the matter was before the courts.