Councilman accuses police officer of having racial material
Updated On: Nov 13 2013 02:00:00 AM CST
Accusations of racism are brewing in a feud between a Chico city councilman, and a police officer.
Councilman Randall Stone is accusing Chico police officer Todd Boothe of having racially insensitive content on his Facebook page.
"You really can't do that as a police officer and then I delved deeper and it was repetitive, homophobic, and racists," said Stone.
Stone said, what caused him to dig was an insulting comment made by Boothe regarding Stone's stance on pension reform. Stone then wrote an email to Police Chief Kirk Trostle saying he felt the photos were racist.
"All of which could be written off causally as political satire; unfortunately that doesn't apply to a police officer when they are in the public sphere and enforcing the law," said Stone.
"They are just political satires," said Peter Durfee.
In a news conference Tuesday, Durfee is president of the Chico Police Officers Association, and defended Boothe's right to post the photos as free speech and denied Boothe being racist.
"I think this is something that Councilman Stone has taken upon himself, a witch hunt if you may, to come after the police officers," said Durfee.
Durfee explains that Boothe is a great officer and would trust him with his own life. He doesn't agree with Stone airing his grievances publicly.
"Councilman Stone's actions have now endangered the life Todd, his family by contacting the media instead of handling this through the proper chain of command," said Durfee. "If Councilman Stone does not like getting his feeling hurt, he's probably in the wrong line of work."
Late Tuesday afternoon, Trostle released a statement calling the allegations 'provocative, offensive, and a broad accusation of our staff'. He says the department 'does not support or advocate discrimination of any kind.'
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