Bryan Norwood Out, Ray Tarasovic In as Richmond, Va., Police Chief


Richmond Police Chief Bryan Norwood resigned after fours years, ending both the limbo in which he has lingered since he failed to make the final cut for the chief's job in Raleigh, N.C., and his tenuous relationship with the city administration, says the Richmond Times-Dispatch. His replacement is Ray Tarasovic, a veteran law enforcement officer who lives in Richmond and was an assistant chief in the city from 2005 to 2008.

When President Obama visited Richmond in May, two city police officers allegedly made offensive comments about the president. Another dust-up arose due to a City Hall-imposed delay of promotions of two dozen officers, which followed a $68,000 study commissioned by the department to assist in the promotions process. There also were allegations by Los Angeles prosecutors that the department's accounting of R&B singer Chris Brown's court-ordered community service for assaulting the singer Rihanna was “at best sloppy” and “at worst fraudulent.”

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