It all started on North 9th street where Richmond Police say Kip Rannels pulled loose and simply ran away. At 4:30 Thursday afternoon, the downtown offices in Richmond are still packed with people, many of them getting ready to head out for the day.
Police say Rannels ran and officers are now chasing him through city streets. The suspect ran for about a mile in handcuffs all the way to the railroad tracks on hospital and valley road and this is where police say officers lost sight of him. Link
“I believe in sunshine, and I think we will shine in the sun,” Tarasovic added, referring to transparency.
A few days before Tarasovic was named chief, the department’s structure was changed so that police spokesman Gene Lepley’s public affairs unit reports both to the chief and to Tammy D. Hawley, the mayor’s press secretary. Previously, Lepley had reported only to the chief.
Hawley said Tuesday that the change also was made across other departments within the administration as part of an effort to “centralize communications citywide.” Link
Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones announced last week that former police Chief Bryan Norwood resigned, but that’s not accurate. Norwood said he didn’t want to leave and was forced out.
And he also said the mayor didn’t tell him what he was doing wrong. Link
“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. Link
These “significant disparities,” Lacey wrote, indicate, “at best, sloppy documentation and, at worst, fraudulent reporting and possible misdemeanor violations of California Penal Code section 539 – ‘Fraudulent Certification of Completion of Court-Ordered Community Service.’” Link
Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Mary A. Murray argued in a motion filed Tuesday that in some cases, Richmond police credited Brown for performing work he could not have completed because he was not in Richmond at the time. Link
Richmonders will now see tricked-out police vehicles riding around their neighborhoods. But, they are not the norm. They’re the new reward for the people chosen as officer of the month and sergeant of the quarter in the Richmond Police Department. Link