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Updated: 11/12/2013 5:34 pm
Chico Police Officer Todd Boothe is being investigated by the Internal Affairs Division of the Chico Police Department. 

The investigation comes after Chico City Councilman Randall Stone publicly and privately called for the investigation, after finding what he calls "racist" photos of President Obama on Boothe's personal Facebook page.  Chico Police Chief Kirk Trostle is angry that Stone went public with the allegations, bringing them to the attention of the media.  He says Stone, who sits on the Police Community Advisory Board, sent him an email asking for an investigation over the weekend.  Trostle says he was planning on conducting the investigation internally, but was shocked to see details into the allegations play out in such a public manner.  Says Trostle, "When I'm lead to believe I have the ability to investigate this, and then I see it on the evening news, yes, that offends me."

Also coming to Boothe's defense is the Chico Police Officers Association.  President Peter Durfee says, "The councilman could have handled this completely different, he could have contacted the city manager, or our chief, and we could have handled it that way.  Councilman Stone made a statement that Officer Boothe's actions endangered the lives of other officers.  I completely 100% disagree.  Stone has endangered the lives of Todd and his family, instead of going through the proper chain of command."

Councilman Sean Morgan has issued a statement in response to Stone's actions, as well.  He says, "It's unfortunate an elected official would make the identity of a police officer known, thus endangering the officer and his family's safety.  I'm sure there is a process for this, some would call it due process, and I believe it should start with the department's internal affairs officer, and include the chief, and city manager, if necessary."

Part of the Department's investigation into the matter will include whether or not Stone violated the Police Community Advisory Board's confidentiality policy, which states that no member of the board may divulge any information regarding a personnel matter deemed confidential by the police chief. 

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Kangaroo - 11/24/2013 11:01 AM
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Why is President Obama above reproach? This is the first president we have ever had that you could not criticize or make fun of. There's a lesson to be learned here about future elections. I don not ever want another president who cannot be criticized.

MRamsey - 11/18/2013 8:30 AM
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The officer doesn't fear for his life, come on this is chico... I thank Mr. Stone for exposing this officer for what he is...a racist. It's not about Obama it's the racist portrayal of Obama that makes it a big issue...and everyone keeps say his personal facebook...is anything personal or private these days????No especially for an officer of the law...this is where racial profiling starts...this proves there is racism in the chico police department & I am glad the PD got exposed in such a manner...and how could the chief do his own investigation??? conflict of interest??? thats like a criminal investigating another criminal!!! THANKS MR. STONE MAYBE WE WILL SEE CHANGES IN THE BEHAVIOR OF THESE OFFICERS FROM NOW ON!!! SHAME ON ALL WHO ARE STICKING UP FOR SUCH TRAVESTY DONE BY THE OFFICER!!!

Chicolifer - 11/13/2013 8:55 AM
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This hole thing sounds very childish. I wonder what Stone's definition of "racism" is. From Stone claims it doesn't sound racist at all. In fact, I was e-mailed the same pictures (most of us have seen them). I saw Stone's interview claiming that a Police Officer is not protected by the 1st Amendment which is not completely true. The 7th Circuit defines what 1st Amendment rights police officers have. While Stone conducted his own investigation, he may have violated the Police Officers Bill of Rights (maybe a warrantless search of the officers' Facebook). Stone should have taken his 'complaint' to a Chico P.D. supervisor to handle the investigation. Instead Stone ran to the news media in an attempt to have the officer judged in the "Court of Public Opinion". Mr. Stone obviously has an ax to grind with the Police Department. p.s. Mr. Stone you shouldn't throw rocks in a glass house. You know what I mean!

chicoian - 11/12/2013 9:53 PM
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Im sick of politicians crying racism at anyone who doesn't like Obama. Shame on you Randall Stone! This publicity stunt of yours slandered this officer and endangered him and his whole family!

AlertTaxpayer - 11/12/2013 8:30 PM
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Since Stone is a member of the City Council that has been running a deficit for years and covering it up, with his Financial Advisor professional expertise, keep him out of Oroville. Stone going on tv to announce his accusation of racism, where there is nome, is wrong and leaves the City of Chico open to litigation. It's harassment and violates 1st Amendment rights. It looks like his reaction to being called incompetent is proof of. If you're going to be in politics, thicken your skin. I am offended that a law enforcement officer was accused so publicly, for nothing. Racism is serious and making the accusation in retaliation to being called incompetent is a red flag for recall. Act professional.

Chicolifer - 11/12/2013 6:55 PM
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It Appears Stone has violated the Police Officer's Bill of Rights. After reading the "Police Community Advisory Board Police Manual 219.11 Confidentiality", it appears Stone may be in Violation. Section (a) and (c) states: " (a).Matters relating to personnel issues are governed by various laws of the State of California and the City of Chico as well as various labor contracts. Personnel matters are confidential. No member of the Police Community Advisory Board may divulge any information regarding a personnel matter that has been deemed confidential by the Chief of Police." (c) Only the Chief of Police or City Manager, with the advise of the City Attorney, has the authority to determine what information related to any personnel matter may be made PUBLIC." Sounds like Stone is trying to get the officer tried in the "Court of Public Opinion. Someone is going to sue for deformation of character, slander, and liable???

meandme - 11/12/2013 6:17 PM
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Wow sounds like things are finally catching up to him .Send him back to Oroville,maybe take pally palely with him
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