Police Chief in Chris Brown Probation Scandal Resigns
The chief of police who stuck his neck out for Chris Brown, signing off on community service hours that Los Angeles prosecutors believe were not fully completed, has resigned.
Bryan T. Norwood handed in his resignation as Richmond’s police chief on Tuesday to Mayor Dwight C. Jones, effective immediately, the Richmond Times-Dispatch is reporting.
"We've reached a mutual agreement that his time as Richmond police chief has come to an end," Jones said.
Norwood, chief since 2008, and his department have been under fire by L.A. prosecutors for their oversight of Brown's community service stemming from the 2009 beating of his then-and-current girlfriend Rihanna.
Brown was allowed to complete his service hours in his home state under probation terms; according to TMZ, Norwood was "instrumental in removing Brown's case from the Richmond Probation Dept. and placing it squarely in his hands."
He personally wrote to Judge Patricia Schnegg, who was handling the case at the time, vouching that Brown successfully completed approximately 202 days of supervised manual and community labor in the Richmond area.
Deputy District Attorney Mary Murray stated in a filing issued last week that Norwood's report on Brown's service was "at best sloppy documentation and at worst fraudulent reporting."
Brown was summoned to court last Wednesday (Feb. 6) to face questions about his disputed service hours but a new judge, Superior Court Judge James Brandlin, asked for more information and scheduled another hearing for April 5.