Back in 2008, R&B singer Chris Brown’s good guy image went down the tubes when he was brought up on assault charges for brutally attacking his girlfriend Rihanna. In 2009, Brown’s plea bargain deal obligated him to complete 1,140 hours of community service. After 581 hours were completed in Los Angeles where the assault occurred, Brown was permitted to complete the remaining hours in his home state of Virginia; however, that doesn’t appear to have worked out too well. Brown claimed to have completed his required hours, but last week, the L.A. County district attorney came out stating that documents confirming community service hours completed by Brown in the state of Virginia had been falsified and contained multiple discrepancies. Now it seems that the scolding hot water that Brown has found himself in has also fallen into the lap of Virginia Police Chief, Bryan Norwood. Information discovered during investigations into the alleged faulty hours suggest that Norwood’s carelessness equipped Brown in cheating his way out of community service. As a result, the police chief who served Richmond, Virginia since 2008 resigned today, reports the New York Post.
“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,” announced Mayor Dwight Jones.
Prosecutors say evidence proves that the Richmond police signed off on community service hours that Brown claimed to have completed on days where he was globetrotting. For example, on March 15th Brown’s paperwork claims that he picked up trash between the hours of 10 am and 6 pm; however Homeland Security documents reveal that Brown caught a flight to Cancun at 4 pm that day.
The evidence doesn’t look good for Brown or Norwood. Chris is set to appear back in court April 5th where the Los Angeles D.A. is motioning to throw out all of his Virginia hours and have him redo them in Los Angeles.
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Jazmine Denise is a news writer for Madame Noire. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise