Mayor’s office tight lipped over Chris Brown controversy
RICHMOND, Va (WTVR) — We have learned more about the scandal surrounding whether or not R&B singer Chris Brown completed his community service program in Richmond.
Allegations first came up yesterday afternoon when a Los Angeles prosecutor called the documents of Brown’s community service work, sloppy and fraudulent from the Richmond Police Department. This case has already created coast to coast controversy.
As part of his court-appointed service work, Brown was ordered to assist inside the Tappahannock Children’s Center. But Neil Cobb who has worked inside the facility for more than 15 years said he never labored beside the Grammy-award winning artist. He told the same story to the L.A. District Attorney’s office when they called.
“She asked me well did Chris Brown help you do the floors at the Tappahannock Children’s Center and you sill get paid for it?” Cobb said. “And my response was Chris never helped me do floors at the Tappahannock Children’s Center.”
CBS 6 Legal Analyst Todd Stone said there was a lot of finger pointing in the case. Stone added Brown may be getting special treatment.
“When the Department of Probation is put in charge of monitoring community service, usually they will be the one’s monitoring it; they don’t shift it off to the police department,” Stone said. “So this does look like its being treated differently than other cases.”
The Virginia Department of Corrections would not speak about the specifics in the Brown case, but gave a general overview of what their probation and parole office does, which said:
“The mission of probation and parole programs is to enhance public safety by positively impacting offenders so they will lead pro-social and crime-free lives. The Community Corrections Division administers these programs and is committed to “A Balanced Approach” to offender supervision.
When it comes to Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones–his press secretary Tammy Hawley said Jones did not have anything to say about the controversial issue, but added:
“The court has it under review all related to a court order the chief was responsible for,” Hawley said. “We are clearly very interested in what the court will find in respect to the allegations.”
At this time the L.A. prosecutor has asked Chris Brown’s 180-days of community service be completed in California. He has a hearing today at 2:00 p.m. Pacific time (5:00 p.m. Eastern).
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