Mayor Anthony Silva asked a police officer to write a misleading report earlier this week about a Record reporter the mayor accused of trespassing at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Stockton. Silva asked the officer to leave his name out of his report, something the officer said he could not do.
Reporter Roger Phillips visited the clubhouse Monday just before noon to report on a closed meeting of the Boys & Girls Clubs’ board of directors stemming from turmoil the week before. Upon Silva’s request, Sgt. Rodney Rego visited the clubhouse and interviewed Silva, board member Frank Thomason and a club employee, according to Rego’s four-page report.
Rego’s report says in part:
“I told Silva I would be writing a report documenting the circumstances. Silva asked that I leave his name out of the report. I told him I could not do that. I told him I had been instructed to come out and talk to him. Silva requested I say ‘the board’ called me. I again said I couldn’t do that because I had been instructed to come out and speak to him regarding a specific complaint he had. Silva wanted to know if the Chief was the one who told me to come out. I told him no, the Chief [Jones] did not tell me to come out, but I had been instructed to specifically talk to him [Silva] regarding a complaint he had against a member of the Stockton Record refusing to leave the Boys and Girls Club. I had to remain impartial and document what I did and who I spoke to…”
Phillips had left the building before the officer arrived and was not escorted out. Based on the fact that the club provides services to the public, Rego told Silva that there is an “implied invitation to the public,” and Phillips had committed no crime.