In February 2009, Chris Brown assaulted Rihanna and was arrested, but during the investigation, a former Los Angeles police officer, Rebecca Reyes, took a picture of a photo of Rihanna’s battered face and reportedly released it to TMZ. Although Reyes got off without charges more than two years ago, last week a judge ruled she should be removed from the LAPD for her actions, despite claiming to have taken the picture for personal reasons.
Rolling Out Magazine reported:
“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 Reyes, “participated in the release of the photography showing Ms. Fenty’s injuries to TMZ.”
The Daily News reports Judge Lavin stated:
“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.”
Reyes was assigned to the team who planned to arrest Chris Brown in 2009, but was later taken off the assignment. Before being removed she saw the photos of Rihanna’s face and took a photo of one of them and hared the photo with acquaintances and her former girlfriend, who then called TMZ. Her ex-girlfriend, Bianca Lopez , also a Los Angeles police officer who claimed she only called TMZ to verify the details of their news story on the case. Both Reyes and Lopez were in the middle of a break up when the photo was released. Search warrants issued on both of the women found no evidence of payments from TMZ or who initially sent the photo.