A female police officer who was involved in releasing the now-infamous photo of Roc Nation superstar Rihanna’s battered face shortly following her assault at the hands of then-boyfriend Chris Brown has been kicked to the curb by the LAPD.
via NY Daily News
A police officer who distributed an evidence photo depicting Rihanna’s injuries after she was attacked by Chris Brown was properly fired for her actions, a judge ruled Thursday.
Former Los Angeles police officer Rebecca Reyes took a picture of an evidence photo and the image ended up on celebrity website TMZ, although she denies that she sent it to the site.
Superior Court Judge Luis A. Lavin issued a ruling agreeing with the decisions of a disciplinary panel and Police Chief Charlie Beck to fire Reyes in 2012. After reviewing the record, Lavin also concluded that evidence supports that Ryes “participated in the release of the photography showing Ms. Fenty’s injuries to TMZ.”
The judge said he agreed that Reyes should no longer be a police officer.
“At a minimum, the public is entitled to protection from unprofessional employees whose conduct places people at risk of injury and the government at risk of incurring liability,” Lavin’s wrote in his ruling.
Reyes’ attorney Ira Salzman accepted the ruling without argument during a brief hearing Thursday.
Reyes had been an officer for 10 years before she was fired. In the hours after the Rihanna attack, Reyes was assigned to a team planning to arrest Brown but was pulled off the assignment. She saw an evidence photo of Rihanna’s injuries at her precinct and snapped a photo to share with others, including a former girlfriend who records show called TMZ.
The ex-girlfriend, also a Los Angeles police officer, told investigators she called the celebrity news site only to verify details of the attack that Reyes shared with her.
Salzman said Reyes’ ex-girlfriend, Blanca Lopez, remains on the force and that the person who leaked the photo “has never been found and never will be.”
Wonder why they waited 5 years to fire this woman?