Firing of officer who shared Rihanna photo upheld

The Associated Press, Thursday, March 20, 2014, 2:55pm (PDT)
  • LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has upheld the firing of a former Los Angeles police officer who improperly took a photo of Rihanna's battered face that eventually ended up on celebrity website TMZ.

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    Superior Court Judge Luis Lavin issued a ruling Thursday saying that the firing of former officer Rebecca Reyes was proper and her conduct should preclude her from being a peace officer.

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    Reyes acknowledged she used her personal cellphone to take a picture of an evidence photo that depicted Rihanna's injuries after she was beaten by then-boyfriend Chris Brown in 2009. She also acknowledged sharing it with other officers, but denied leaking it to TMZ.

    Reyes' attorney accepted the ruling without argument Thursday afternoon.

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    Reyes had argued that there wasn't evidence presented to a disciplinary board that Reyes actually leaked the photo to TMZ or disobeyed a superior officer's order to come forward.

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