Police Officers Suspected of Leaking Rihanna's Bloody Picture Escape Criminal Charges
Officers Blanca Lopez and Rebecca Reyes suspected of leaking Rihanna's battered picture to TMZ following her infamous altercation with then-boyfriend Chris Brown won't be charged. The Los Angeles County district attorney's office cites lack of evidence as the reason.
No money trail related to the leaked picture is found in the officers' bank accounts. In order to grant them criminal charges, investigators "must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Reyes and Lopez disclosed the image of Robyn F. (Rihanna) to TMZ and obtained money in exchange for this disclosure."
In addition to lack of money trail, it's also noted that there is no direct evidence that shows the two was the ones who gave away the photo back then since other officers had access to the picture as well. "As such, although both Reyes and Lopez's actions are suspicious, they are insufficient to support a criminal prosecution," it concludes.
Riri's bloody picture hit the web just a few days after she filed report for assault against Breezy. Police officials were furious and launched immediate investigation into the matter because it violated a victim's privacy and marred the integrity of the Police Department. The search pointed Reyes as a suspect.
She allegedly used her phone to take a picture of the photo left on a desk at the Wilshire police station, where she was assigned. She later sent it to her personal email address using her LAPD account, and contacted Lopez who was her roommate back then. Based on their phone records, the two called Fox Television and TMZ multiple times.
Reyes' attorney, Ira Salzman, agreed that his client showed "poor judgment," but insisted that she didn't sell the photo. She and Lopez were placed on paid leave for more than two years and later relieved of duty without pay as the investigation continued, according to LA Times.
Reyes was a field training officer for new members of the force and had received an award for her volunteer work with youths. Along with Lopez, she is expected to appear in LAPD disciplinary panels in August to determine whether or not they should be fired.
It's unclear whether Riri wants to pursue any further legal action. "Apparently this was an internal decision by the district attorney. A victim's privacy should be protected," says her attorney, Donald Etra. TMZ, on the other hand, hasn't immediately released a statement when asked for comment.
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