Chris Brown controversy: Could Richmond officials face charges?Posted: Updated:
Los Angeles County investigators allege musician Chris Brown never completed court-ordered community service but Brown isn't the only one feeling the heat.
Richmond's police chief and several other officials are also in hot water.
In the 19-page petition, Los Angeles investigators call the record keeping of Chris Brown's community service "inconsistent and unreliable." The motion goes on to say the discrepancies are "at best sloppy documentation, and at worst, fraudulent."
"If any of this is true we look really bad," said NBC12's legal analyst Steve Benjamin. Benjamin points out that "looking bad" isn't criminal.
He says, it would be hard to prove who knew what when it came to recording Brown's community service. It would also be hard to prove if the blame falls on Richmond Police Chief Bryan Norwood - who was supposed to supervise Brown - his staff, the daycare where Brown was supposed to work or Virginia Probation.
Benjamin says that no one in Richmond is in any legal trouble in the filed motion. He says, the only way anyone listed in the petition could possibly face criminal charges would be if Mayor Dwight Jones launched his own criminal investigation.
"The allegations made by the L. A. authorities raise a number of important questions that do require additional investigation," said Benjamin. "To restore public confidence."
Benjamin also says, it's important for Richmond City officials to question why Brown may have gotten special treatment and if anyone else isn't being treated equally under the law.
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