Did RPD give Chris Brown special assignment?

Chris Brown (left) and Richmond Police Capt. Adrianne McLemore (right)
Chris Brown (left) and Richmond Police Capt. Adrianne McLemore (right)

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Los Angeles prosecutors criticism of the Richmond Police Department's handling of Chris Brown's probation is raising the question about how he was able to get his unusual community service arrangement.

As it turns out, Brown's mother has a good friend who was a Captain with Richmond Police when his deal was being arranged. Adrianne McLemore, who is now retired, says she got permission from the chief to give Brown's mother his number. However, she says had no special sway in the matter.

"It is the discretion of the police chief to do what he feels is necessary to make his deals and to do whatever it is he wanted to do," said Mclemore. "I have no control nor did I have any authority."

Ordinarily, probationary programs similar to Brown's are under the supervision of the Richmond Sheriff's Office. However, Brown wouldn't be eligible to perform community service under normal circumstances due to the nature of his conviction, according to sources familiar with probation policies. Brown committed a violent felony when he assaulted Rihanna in August 2009 on the day before the Grammy Awards. Felons aren't allowed to serve community service according to Richmond Sheriff's Office protocols. Instead, a judge granted a request by Chief Bryan Norwood to supervise the superstars probation.

Los Angeles prosecutors blasted Richmond Police and Virginia Probation officials in a motion filed Tuesday, saying accounting of his community service hours is "inconsistent, unsubstantiated and unverifiable."

The Richmond Police Department refused comment on the story. "It would be inappropriate to comment on a matter before the court," said spokesman Gene Lepley.

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