Nov 20, 2013 1:36 AM
Several issues were decided at tonight’s Chico city council meeting but it was an item not on the agenda that may have people talking. It was the first city council meeting to take place since Councilman Randall Stone publicly called out a Chico police officer accusing him of posting racist pictures on his Facebook page.
At the meeting, members of law enforcement attended in a show of support for that office and also the officers union. The officers, along with the police chief and some members of the public, believe Stone's accusations should have remained private. During public comments toward the end of the meeting, Chico Police Officer's Association President Peter Durfee took to the podium and publicly called for action from the city council and from Stone himself. “We've asked that Councilman Stone be removed from the Chico Police Community Advisory Board. We ask that Councilman Stone recuse himself from any and all affairs involving the Chico Police Officers Association or its membership from this point forward. And we ask for a public apology to the officer, his family, and the members of this association for the wreckless behavior that he's done over the past week,” said Durfee.
There is currently an investigation into whether or not Councilman Stone violated any policy or law by making the internal investigation a public matter. Stone said the police union president is making allegations and demands that he believes are baseless. He also said he doesn't plan on apologizing and said it's up to the city attorney to make recommendations to the council on whether or not he should remove himself from police affairs.
The city council also had its second reading of the sit and lie ordinance tonight approving it unanimously. That means it'll go into effect 30 days from today. The council also approved the spending of $25,0000 for the removal of mold at Fire Station Number 5.