Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Ray Tarasovic Former CMPD Frontman Hired as Richmond VA Chief
From the things just get stranger files:
Bryan T. Norwood, resigned this morning as Richmond’s police chief.
Norwood’s abrupt resignation came amid criticism from prosecutors in Los Angeles that the Richmond department has been lax in overseeing the community service work of R&B singer Chris Brown following the Tappahannock, Va.,- native’s conviction for assaulting his girlfriend, pop singer Rihanna, on the eve of the 2009 Grammy Awards.
To make matters worse, Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones announced Norwood will be replaced by Ray J. Tarasovic, the one time frontman and crony of CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe who in the past served as an assistant chief of the Richmond Police Department.
During a morning news conference, Mayor Jones declined to answer whether Norwood’s handling of Brown’s community service played a role in his decision to seek a new chief, saying only, “We’re waiting for the results of that investigation.” according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
“We’ve reached a mutual agreement that his time as Richmond police chief has come to an end,” Jones said in the press release. “We certainly wish Chief Norwood much luck in his endeavors going forward.”
Tarasovic who had a reported falling out with Rodney Monroe over the handling of the Marcus Jackson case, left the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department in April of 2010. "Ray-Ray" as he was nick named by CMPD rank and file is remembered by many as a "bar stool" warmer at Vinnies's Raw Bar and his "break-up" with long time friend Rodney Monroe is portrayed in the CP fictional account posted in 2011 which is here.