Richmond Police Chief Resigns in Wake of Chris Brown Scandal
Heads are rolling in the probe into whether or not Chris Brown actually complete more than 300 hours of court-ordered community service. The chief of police in Richmond, Virginia has resigned after the completion of Brown’s court-ordered community service in the city was called into question.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney has filed legal documents claiming the bad boy crooner violated his probation by submitting bogus community service records. According to the motion, the records submitted to prove Brown finished the community labor sentenced by Virginia authorities contain numerous discrepancies and that the singer was left virtually unsupervised. The charge could have serious implications for Brown’s five-year term of probation.
Chris pleaded guilty to assaulting and threatening girlfriend Rihanna during a heated argument in a car in February 2009. He was placed on five years probation and ordered to complete community service. Brown — who has since reunited with Rihanna — has one more year of probation left to serve over the highly sensational incident.
The work was supposedly completed under the supervision of Richmond officers, who answered to Police Chief Bryan Norwood. L.A. prosecutors argue that records show Brown traveling around the world on the dates “doctored” documents say the artist was picking up trash in Virginia.
On Tuesday, Norwood quit his job, just as the investigation into Brown’s work requirements and their documentation were made public. Richmond mayor Dwight Jones says his office and the Chief reached a “mutual agreement” for his resignation. There’s been speculation for weeks that Norwood might resign in favor of accepting a similar job in Raleigh, North Carolina.
The buzz in Richmond is that the Brown scandal accelerated his decision.
“As of today, I’ve accepted the resignation of Bryan Norwood from his post as chief of police for the city of Richmond. He has offered leadership that has brought us a little bit further in our endeavors to improve public safety. In many ways the Richmond Police Department and the city is better off because of his dedication. We’ve reached, however, a mutual agreement, at this time, that his time as Richmond police chief has come to an end. We certainly wish Chief Norwood much luck in his endeavors going forward.”
Prosecutors have recommended that Brown’s probation be revoked over the sketchy community service log.
He is due back in court in Los Angeles April 5.