People often take or send pictures for the sake of entertainment.
However, doing the action when your job prohibits it may just end up in a costly lawsuit.
Today, two CHP officers are facing legal dilemmas after they ignored their responsibility of respecting the privacy of the family of 18-year-old Nikki Catsouras, the girl who died in a vehicle crash along a Lake Forest toll road in 2006.
They overstepped their rights by their improper photo release of the girl’s remains inside the wrecked vehicle.
CHP Officers Aaron Reich and Thomas O’Donnell sent the pictures to their family members and friends through e-mail. The pictures then became popular in the internet, showing up in different websites.
To recover from the serious and malicious effects of the officers’ actions, the family is now firm on suing the whole CHP department.
Although the first case that was filed by Nikki’s family members was dismissed by the Orange County Superior Court, nothing will be able to stop them from fighting for their rights now that this decision was reversed by the 4th District Court of Appeal in Santa Ana.