Call for calm

Chico Police Chief promises post-election vigilance

Local law enforcement officials, politicians, service providers and clergy converged at Chico’s Old Municipal Building on Wednesday (Nov. 16) to address concerns about intimidation and unrest following the election.

The press conference was arranged by Chico Police Chief Mike O’Brien (pictured), who said the reactions within the community have mostly been peaceful.

“We’ve had very few reported incidents of harassment and no reported incidents of violence,” he said. “However … there have been unreported incidents that have caused some concern in our community. As chief of police, I felt it was important to reaffirm … that we are committed to protecting the rights of every citizen in Butte County, period.”

O’Brien urged anyone who feels threatened or intimidated, or is the victim of crime, to contact authorities immediately. Other speakers encouraged respectful dialogue and community unity.