Police investigate possible hate crime after fight involving five men – Chico Enterprise-Record | #students | #parents

CHICO — Chico police are investigating an incident involving five individuals that occurred in west Chico on Friday morning.

The Chico Police Department’s Communications Center said dispatchers received a 911 call around 3:26 a.m. “concerning a large fight, with approximately 15 individuals,” in the 1500 block of West Third Street, according to a news release.

Officers located several people leaving from the scene at 1505 West Third St. and learned a fight had occurred between five individuals. After an initial interview with all parties, a report is underway. Based on the levels of intoxication of those involved, no arrests were made at the time of the initial investigation and further follow-up with all involved parties will be completed by the Chico Police Detective Bureau.

Once this case is completed, all investigative reports will be submitted to the Butte County District Attorney’s Office for a review of charges.

No names of the individuals involved have yet been released. However, several posts on social media since the fight have claimed that two men were injured in the fight.

Claims that the two were assaulted because of their race and sexual orientation were addressed by police in a new statement on the Chico Police Department’s Facebook page Monday, addressing a number of calls to the department about the case.

“Specifically, many believe this case to be a hate crime against two individuals involved in the altercation,” according to the post. “We want to assure our community we take these investigations very serious and are completing a thorough investigation into this matter.”

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