Police Chief Who Vouched for Chris Brown’s Community Service Resigns
(RICHMOND, Va.) -- The Richmond, Virginia, police chief who promised to oversee Chris Brown's probation in the Rihanna assault case has resigned, following accusations that the singer faked his community service.
ABC News affiliate WRIC-TV reports that Richmond City's mayor has accepted the resignation of Richmond Police Chief Bryan Norwood, who announced that he was stepping down from his position during a press conference on Tuesday.
The news comes after Los Angeles prosecutors alleged that the Richmond Police Department had submitted "sloppy" and potentially "fraudulent" reports detailing Brown’s community service. The singer had been allowed to fulfill the community service requirements of his probation in his home state of Virginia, and Norwood was left in charge of checking on Brown's progress.
As part of his community service, Brown had been required to do manual labor, including tasks like trash pick-up and graffiti removal. Richmond police vouched that Brown had done that work, but the Los Angeles County District Attorney alleges that he did not.
Brown was ordered to appear in court last Wednesday in connection with the accusation of probation violation. The judge, however, put everything off until April 5. At that time, a date for the probation violation hearing will be decided. Brown’s attorney, Mark Geragos, has adamantly denied the district attorney's claim, saying, "Exactly what the D.A. has claimed is absolutely false. And I don't mean just false, I mean fraudulent."
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