Prosecutors allege wrongdoing by Richmond Police during Chris Brown probation

Los Angeles prosecutors blame the Richmond Police Department’s record-keeping, arguing that Chris Brown’s community service records are false.

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Los Angeles prosecutors have filed a motion asking that a judge require Chris Brown to repeat his community service hours in Virginia. Prosecutors assert that Brown did not complete his 180 days of community service resulting from an August 2009 altercation between him and the singer Rihanna, and that Richmond Police mis-managed Brown’s service logs.

“Representations made by the Richmond Police Department regarding supervision, competition, documentation, and reporting of the [Brown's] labor are inconsistent, unreliable, and cannot be attributed to any source,” the motion reads.

The motion contends that, in a September 2012 letter, Police Chief Bryan Norwood wrote that Brown had completed approximately 202 days of supervised community labor in the Richmond area.

But LA prosecutors allege that a spreadsheet kept by Richmond Police documenting Brown’s service only accounts for 162 days of service.

It also refutes claims made by Chief Bryan Norwood that both records and proper supervision of Brown were carried out.

For instance, on March 15, 2002, Richmond Police recorded Brown “picking up trash” in the city between 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. However, records show that Brown flew from Richmond to Cancun, Mexico that day on a 4:00 PM flight.

Another example, on December 12, 2012, has Richmond Police placing Brown on N. 22nd Street picking up trash between 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM.

But the Department of Homeland Security recorded Browns’ passport clearing Dulles Airport on that day at 6:44 AM after Brown returned from Dubai on a commercial flight.

“It would be unreasonable to believe that after a 12-13 hour flight, the Defendant rushed through Customs and the Washington, D.C. early morning rush hour traffic, traveled directly to Richmond in just over two hours, and then worked eight straight hours picking up trash in a one block area,” the report reads.

When asked for comment, the public affairs director for Richmond Police, Gene Lepley, said “It would be inappropriate to comment on a matter before the court.”

photo by Eva Rinaldi

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Nathan Cushing

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