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Unauthorized Release of Photograph

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Los Angeles: The unauthorized release of a domestic violence photograph immediately generated an internal investigation.

At about 7 p.m. on February 19, 2009, the Los Angeles Police Department Media Relations Section began receiving numerous inquiries about the release of a photograph associated with a domestic violence incident that occurred on February 8, 2009, involving entertainer Chris Brown.  The photograph appeared on an entertainment website.  The photograph has the appearance of one taken during an official Domestic Violence investigation.

The Los Angeles Police Department takes seriously its duty to maintain the confidentiality of victims of domestic violence.

The Department launched an immediate internal investigation and subsequently filed a personnel complaint.  

A violation of this type is considered serious misconduct, with penalties up to and including termination.

Anyone with information concerning the unauthorized release of the photograph is asked to call, during regular business hours, 213-485-4152.  After-hours or on weekends, calls may be directed to our 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (527-3247).  Callers may also text “CRIMES” with a cell phone or log on to www.lapdonline.org and click on Web Tips.  When using a cell phone, all messages should begin with “LAPD.”  Tipsters may remain anonymous.

Comments

This does not surprise me at all. No wonder there is the CD. I will give them credit for starting to look into this matter. If the person or person's are caught they should be fired. They have embrassed the entire city and all of the L.A.P.D.

Well I don't know about embarassing the entire city and all of LAPD. The picture should not have been forwarded to anyone but, after looking at the picture I don't agree with the descriptions of her injuries being horrific either. So maybe it's a good thing that the photo was released? I don't know what should happen but what makes people jump to the conclusion that it was LAPD? Didn't the city attorney have the file for a cool moment? Couldn't a file clerk have sold the photo? I mean to jump to the conclusion that it was a uniformed member of LAPD is a big jump. I don't think she deserved to get hit. But describing the photos as horiffic was not acurate either. The photo gives me a better understanding of what the injuries were. I hope the money this person(s) got was worth his/her job, cause I do agree he/she sould get fired.

Why did this poor girl have to go through seeing her private photos on national news on her 21st birthday? Isn't your job to Protect and Serve? It must have felt like she was beaten all over again. I.A.(Internal Affairs) needs to fire everyone associated with the Domestic Violence investigation and If it is Rihanna if I was her people I would hit the LAPD with a FAT law suit and see if they'd mishandle those papers.

Good grief, Citizen. I agree that what was done displayed a prime example of bad judgment - and maybe that person deserves to be fired. That won't be decided by you or me. But do you have to jump at every opportunity to be joyfully and self-righteously critical of every mistake the Department makes??? I don't believe I have ever seen you post anything positive about LAPD or cops in general. I could be wrong, but it seems, my friend, that you are a cop-hater. Because it appears that you have that attitude, your opinions carry a lot less weight than someone who is trying to be objective and thoughtful. Pity.

This incident is very disturbing and like was done to Nicole Brown Simpson, some LAPD cop thinks its okay to re-victimize a victim of domestic violence for his or her financial gain by selling private information to the tabloids. The LAPD investigation should include making sure that every cop who was involved in the investigation or who had contact with Rihanna after Chris Brown beat her turn in their personal cell phones so that Internal Affairs can check the camera data, if equipped. Another dark day for the LAPD and loss of the public's trust!

Just curious to all of you that ASSUME that it was a memember of the LAPD that did it how the hell do you know it was an officer? The picture could have been taken by anyone and TMZ is sure not going to stop the gossip. I love you law enforcement haters that just assume the worse of the rank and file of the LAPD and can't see past your liberal noses to let the investigation be completed before passing judgement!

I wonder if "Out of Hope" has ever been in a fist fight and what kind of injuries were sustained. Keep in mind that pic was snapped not to long after the altercation and I assure you that she looked drastically different the next day as the swelling set in. I'll keep 'em under the "horrific" adjective and add that no one deserves to be treated like that; especially a woman and the hands of a man.

I was shocked to see her injuries knowing that its a felony to have a mere scratch visible when it comes to domestic violence.

As to the perp who leaked it, hopefully it wasn't a copper and it is important to realize how many people actually are able to get their hands on the files of the LAPD because of the criminal justice system itself.

Dear LAPD Vet,
This is Out of Hope, I work in the ER section of the County Hospital. See battered people all day and night. Yes her face was swollen and there was slight blood on her face and yes she might have been a little more swollen the next day but I have seen horrific and women beaten by thier partners and before I saw this picture I was expecting horrific. The bumps on her forehead probably didn't get any bigger then what you see in the picture, her lips didn't get any more swollen. Her eyes didn't seem black and blue to me from the picture. They did look swollen from crying. Her face looked red but it was hard to tell from the picture if it was red from the fight or if it was red from her crying. And no I do not think that she deserved to get hit. Nor do I think that any man should ever put his hands on a woman. And yes it is a felony to see any kind of marks on someone as it should be. But horrific? I guess I've seen too much to catagorize this one as horrific. Was it bad, of course it was bad I wouldn't want to get hit by anyone least of all the person that claimed to love me. But I stand by my opinion of the pictures, There are a few bumps and some red marks and slight blood. But I didn't see all the pictures and only glanced at the TMZ released picture. This happens every day to some women more then once a day. So horrific in my opinion no, bad yes. But like I said I'm used to seen some person's guts hanging out of him after a bar knife fight so this was tame for me. But since we won't agree on the lable for these pictures lets just agree to disagree.

"It must have felt like she was beaten all over again. I.A.(Internal Affairs) needs to fire everyone associated with the Domestic Violence investigation and If it is Rihanna...."

Really Disgusted???? If this photo was leaked from a sworn member of the department, I would bet you it was one person and one person alone. But to fire everyone "associated with the Domestic Violence investigation"...isn't that a little harsh? Most,if not all, of the officers involved had no idea this would happen.

If you work, and I doubt you do, (I bet you sit at home and eat candy while watching TMZ and reading People magazine) I hope somebody in your workplace does something wrong and your manager fires everyone without even looking into the matter.

We have no idea that a sworn officer sold this picture. You can bet Professional Standards Bureau is looking into this with a fine tooth comb. They will exhaust all resources and legal avenues to find out who did it...including trying to get a search warrant for the officers' cell phones.

Lets remember who all had the ability to see this photo:

1. responding officers
2. investigating detectives
3. District Attorney personnel
4. Wilshire Area records personnel (civilians)

Or maybe someone in Rihanna's entourage took the photo for their own records....you never know.

But I guess everyone deserves due process EXCEPT police officers....huh, CIVILIAN?

Do you see why officers are concerned about turning over their private financial information including that of their spouses, family mambers and/or business partners to the "Dept?"

All of this over a photograph. Internally, below the skin, is where the real damage is. This man should be in jail. He's dangerous. Any man that strikes out at a woman, especially someone he claims he loves, is messed up in the head and a danger to society. Get him into therapy, both of them. She needs to forget about him, he won't change unless she leaves him.

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