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.
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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How much do you think RPD officers got paid by Chris Brown for forging his community service paperwork? I don’t see why anybody would do it for free. Why hasn’t anybody asked this question?
All I can say is that RPD and City Hall took an oath to serve the public, not the interests of their friends and family. We only need to look to Sheriff Woody to see that nepotism is nothing new in our fair Capitol of Virginia. I commend Mrs. Lacey for her efforts, and she would not have had to “spend a pretty penny” had RPD and Mr. Norwood done their jobs as promised initially. If the allegations are true, Mr. Norwood is sending a clear message to the city that justice can be bypassed for a price.
Just like a colony of roaches, the criminals in City Hall are scurrying with no comment now that the lights have been turned on. RPD have shown on many occasions over the years that they feel they are above the law. Unfortunately, the realist within knows that this is nothing new, considering the Hedgepeths and Sallams of the past. Like the hydra, cut off one and two heads take it’s place. Law and order in Richmond is a farce, and nothing short of dismantling the whole beast, and throwing out all of the money changers will suffice to create any significant change. After living here for 10+ years, I am sad to say that I don’t think Richmond will ever rise up to the occasion.
I thank you for taking an initiative to bring this issue to the public, and for continuing to take the narrow path even if it seems like we are enduring the myth of Sisyphus.
The point of the story of Sisyphus is not that our efforts our fruitless, but that they must be continuing. We don’t stop weeding the garden because the weeds grow back. We keep weeding the garden to keep the weeds down. All this despair is hyperbole. Richmond is no worse and much better than most other cities. Corruption is everywhere. So is honor. This is small potatoes.