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Do people have a right to privacy? How about when you’re well-known and your story makes national news? Do you still have a right to some privacy? With so many gossip magazines and television shows, it seems difficult if not impossible for people to have some sort of privacy.
When singer Rihanna and Chris Brown had their domestic violence altercation, the world tuned in. Many people were shocked to see Rihanna as the victim and Brown as the perpetrator. However, it did happen and there were pictures to prove it.
While the pictures were in the evidence room awaiting trial, L.A. Police Officer Rebecca Reyes decided to take pictures of the images and share them with others. That’s right; Office Reyes snapped pictures from an image showing the attack on Rihanna. Well, Office Reyes’ actions were faced with retaliation.
Officer Reyes was fired in 2012 and a superior court judge upheld the department’s decision.
The photo is which Reyes tool made its way to TMZ. According to court findings, Officer Reyes claims she didn’t send the photo to TMZ rather she took the photo to show other officers and acquaintances.
“Superior Court Judge Luis A. Lavin agreed with a disciplinary panel and Police Chief Charlie Beck to fire Reyes in 2012. Lavin also concluded that evidence supports Reyes’s having participated in the release of the photography showing Ms. Fenty’s injuries to TMZ. 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 wrote in his ruling, AP reports.”
Ira Salzman, Reyes’s attorney disagreed with the decision of the court.
The court says one thing and Reyes says something different. If Reyes didn’t send the photo, then who did? Who knows if the truth will ever come out. Once again, is this a matter of privacy?
Source: The Root
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