L.A. District Attorney questions RPD and Chris Brown community service reports
RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey wants the Superior Court of the State of California for Los Angeles to find singer Chris Brown in violation of his probation. The D.A.’s office also accused the Richmond Police department of being sloppy in its supervision and record-keeping of the probation.
Brown was ordered to serve out his probation in Richmond after he was convicted in 2009 of beating then girlfriend - singer Rihanna.
Lacey said based on evidence his office received, it was impossible for Brown to have completed the community service as signed-off by members of the Richmond Police department. [READ: PDF of Letter from Chief Norwood]
In a court motion, L.A. Deputy District Attorney Mary Murray said Brown’s community service should not be accepted because of what appears to be “significant discrepancies indicating at best sloppy documentation and at worst fraudulent reporting.”
A source tells CBS 6 that Brown was able to use his mother’s connections-a long term friendship–with a former Richmond Police Captain to get a special community service program created for his probation.
Brown’s lawyer asked the former captain to arrange a special probation for Brown that would be supervised by the Richmond Police Department, the source said.
In September 2012, when prosecutor’s were questioning how many hours Brown had completed, Chief Norwood told CBS 6 that he, as chief, only answers to the judge in the case. Norwood said Brown completed his community service as ordered by the courts.
Ordinarily, Brown would go to a community service program administered by the Richmond Sheriff’s Office. Sources couldn’t recall an arrangement such as Brown’s ever being created in the past.
Gene Lepley, a Richmond Police Department spokesperson, released a statement Tuesday afternoon saying that “it would be inappropriate to comment on a matter before the court.”