Richmond, Va. police chief Bryan Norwood, who sources said was a finalist for Baltimore's police commissioner position last year, has stepped down amid a controversy over R&B singer Chris Brown's probation, according to reports.
Los Angeles prosecutors have been critical of the Richmond department’s oversight of the community service work of Tappahannock, Va., native Chris Brown following the singer’s conviction for assaulting his girlfriend, pop singer Rihanna, on the eve of the 2009 Grammy Awards, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Norwood personally supervised the case — taking over from the state’s probation department — and signed the reports stating Brown had fulfilled his obligation to the court, but records show he was not even in Richmond at those times, according to the Washington Post.
Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones declined to say whether the Brown scandal played a role in Norwood’s departure. “We’re waiting for the results of that investigation," he said while announcing the appointment of Ray Tarasovic, a veteran Washington DC and Richmond officer.
Sources have said Norwood was one of the finalists to become Baltimore's next police commissioner. Anthony W. Batts, the former chief in Long Beach and Oakland, was eventually chosen.