UPDATE: New evidence has surfaced in the case against CHP Officer Harrington regarding photos taken from a drunk woman while she was in jail. It seems that this is not the first time that he has stolen photos from arrested women.
In fact, this was only the latest in a slew of digital thefts. Harrington called this digital thievery "a game" that stretches back over five years ago, and has admitted stealing photos from several other women.
Harrington wasn't the creator of "the game," but he participated and illegally obtained and shared the photos with other law enforcement officers. According to the affidavit, "Harrington said when he was assigned to the Dublin office, he learned from other officers that they would access the cell phones of female arrestees and look for nude photographs of them. Harrington said if photographs were located, the officers would then text the photographs to other sworn members of the office, and, to non-CHP individuals."
Source: Contra Costa Times
If you've been a reader here for long, then you probably know I have little patience for those who abuse their positions of authority or power over others.
I want to point out, however, that police and our troops are here to support and protect us. These high profile incidents are just the work of a few bad apples. Even so, you need to be on your guard at all times, and know your rights so that you can protect them.
Unfortunately, these lessons are often learned at the expense of others.
For instance, when the woman in this story was on her way home, she had no idea that her private life was about to change forever by a law enforcement officer who shamed everyone wearing the uniform.