Police Chief Tied to Chris Brown Scandal Quits

Richmond's Bryan Norwood had received bad press over Brown debacle

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 12, 2013 10:30 AM CST

(Newser) – Well, this doesn't bode well for Chris Brown: Richmond's chief of police has stepped down, days after prosecutors accused Brown of faking some of his community service hours—possibly with the help of Virginia police. No official word why Bryan T. Norwood resigned, but sources tell the Times-Dispatch he has a rocky relationship with the mayor and has been looking for a new job for a year or longer. But Norwood has gotten quite a bit of bad press lately, what with the Brown case, and sources tell TMZ the scandal "accelerated" his leaving.

TMZ also reports that Norwood was very involved in Brown's case, certifying his community service hours and getting his case out of the hands of the probation department and under Norwood's authority instead. Richmond's mayor wouldn't say whether the Brown fiasco had anything to do with Norwood's leaving, however, saying only, "We're waiting for the results of that investigation." Norwood was hired as chief of police in late 2008. (For more Chris Brown news, click to see an awesome picture of Adele apparently yelling at him at the Grammys.)

Chris Brown arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles.
Chris Brown arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
In this Feb. 6, 2013, file photo, singer Chris Brown appears in court for a probation revocation hearing at the Criminal Justice Center in downtown Los Angeles.
In this Feb. 6, 2013, file photo, singer Chris Brown appears in court for a probation revocation hearing at the Criminal Justice Center in downtown Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/David McNew, Pool, File)
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