Only two weeks after the incident, TMZ published the disturbing photo of Rihanna, which gave America a visual reference to the written accounts. We knew something happened between her and Chris Brown in a rented Lamborghini in the Hancock Park area of LA, but the picture really brought it home.
It seems that now the unethical move by two officers involved in the case could have some serious repercussions. It’s worth mentioning that, following a rash of questionably released celeb-arrest information in LA, California law strictly prohibits law enforcement officers from selling leaked photos and information. That’s where this case gets a bit tricky: did the officers involved sell the photos? Or simply fork them over for free?
A lawyer for one of the officers involved says:
“My client did not do anything for financial gain. She did not sell the photo.”
Roommates Rebecca M. Reyes and Blanca Lopez are the two officers who are being investigated as the possible source of the photo—both of which are assigned to the area in which the Rihanna incident took place. Investigators searched their home and lockers at the police station looking for clues. Both of them have been placed on leave while LAPD looks into the leak. Once the investigation is concluded we’ll know what may come of them.
Rihanna was none too thrilled when the picture hit the net, and understandably so. But I personally felt that it helped to drive home the harsh realities of domestic violence—something that happens at an alarming rate. There has been a rise in domestic violence cases among young people—the exact crowd that idolizes Rihanna and Chris Brown.
I thought it was particularly disturbing to hear so many people utter things like “…she deserved it…she had it coming…” following the UNTRUE rumor that she was cheating on him and sending texts to another man. We cannot allow such things to become even remotely acceptable to the youth of America, and judging by their attitudes, it seemed to be heading in that direction.
Chris Brown himself is still copping an attitude about the incident EVEN after being convicted. He is now feuding with Oprah after she commented that his actions were unacceptable. Is it just me, or did he not come across as remorseful enough after what transpired? He seems to be giving off the vibe that somehow he is a victim of media hate—please! If he didn’t have the lawyer juice he’d probably have spent some time behind bars. Maybe then he would have realized the severity of his actions, and its impact on today’s impressionable youth.
Like Forrest Gump said, “that’s all I got to say about that.” What do you have to say about it? Let us hear it below.
I also threw in a video about the controversy for you to check out.
Photos: www.wenn.com/Johnny Louis