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12 Investigates: Info on Brown's community labor


NBC12 uncovered new information on what exactly Chris Brown was doing in Richmond for his community service. We got our hands on revealing documents from the Los Angeles District Attorney's office, which paint a better picture of what went down.

The dozens of pages give insight from the people involved in Chris Brown's supervision.

Investigators from the L.A. DA's office traveled across the country trying to figure out exactly what Brown was doing while in Richmond.

Their visit included interviews with almost everyone who had any knowledge of Brown's community labor and the unusual arrangement of the Richmond Police Department supervising the hours.

A spokesman for the Virginia Department of Corrections told us it had nothing to do with the setup; officers told investigators they "were not comfortable with court order or what they were told because they have never relinquished community labor supervision to the Richmond Police Department or any other police departments." One said he even received a call about it from Chief Bryan Norwood himself.

That's not the only time the service was called into question. The DA's office also talked to the police chief at Virginia Union University, where Brown logged some hours. The new chief was not there at the same time Brown did his community service, but told them, "It would not be a common practice to allow persons other than registered students to complete community service on the campus. He also said it would be allowed for misdemeanors only and not typically felony violations."

We got the same information from Richmond Sheriff C.T.Woody, who is speaking out publicly for the first time about the situation. Ordinarily, community service is his task, but Woody says he wouldn't have accepted the R and B star into any of his community service programs.

"He was charged with a violent crime, which was domestic violence, which is a violent felony and we don't deal with felonies to work outside of Richmond City Jail," he explained.

Woody maintains his office was never contacted about Brown or the judge's order.

In a conversation with RPD General Counsel Victoria Pearson Benjamin, Los Angeles investigators learned to her knowledge, "no one at RPD had seen the Minute Order." But even NBC12 was able to get our hands on the document that stipulates what Brown, and therefore what the department, should've been doing.

What it was doing, was spending money. One document shows overtime assignments listed as "Chris Brown protection" and "Chris Brown CMT detail." It totals $7,656.25.

According to another exhibit, Pearson told investigators the department had not yet billed Brown for the labor used. She was" aware of approximately $30,000 in reimbursement due."

NBC12 reached out to the Richmond Police Department to again give officials a chance to comment. Once again, a spokesperson declined.

But as NBC12 reported Wednesday night, it did hand over documents it claims prove Brown did the work.

Read court documents filed by L.A. prosecutors on their interviews with Richmond officials

Read overtime records filed by Richmond Police due to Chris Brown's community service

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