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Chico Police reaching out to protest organizers to ensure public safety

Chief O'Brien shared they have not received any specific reports of threats but will investigate if they do.

Posted: Jun 2, 2020 8:34 PM
Updated: Jun 2, 2020 10:46 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Chico Police are not taking threats of violence against planned rallies lightly.

Police Chief Michael O'Brien said police are usually in contact with rally organizers to ensure everyone's safety. He said a lot of information floats around social media, especially during times like these.

Organizers called off the June 2 protest in front of the council chambers because of threats circulating on social media.

Anyone who receives threats on social media is being asked to report it so Chief O'Brien and his department can look into it and make sure everyone is safe.

RELATED: Chico City Council meeting continued to June 9

"We have contact to the organizers, we reach out, and sometimes these events are made by people who may not want police contact, we understand, but we ask anyone who is hosting an event to get ahold of us so we can ensure their safety and the safety of our community," said the chief. "It's our job to keep everyone safe, everyone has a first amendment right to assembly and freedom of speech, we want to protect that, but at the same time, we are not going to allow the city to be vandalized and looted."

He shared they have not received any specific reports of threats but will investigate if they do.

Chief O'Brien said events in Chico are usually peaceful and they expect that to continue.

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