DEA Agent Who Shot Himself During Safety Lecture Loses Appeal

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

A Drug Enforcement Agent who accidentally shot himself while lecturing children on gun safety has lost his appeal against the DEA over the release of video of the incident.

In 2004 Lee Paige appeared at a school in Florida when he took out his gun, telling the children,  “I’m the only one in this room professional enough, that I know of, to carry this Glock 40.” He then proceeded to accidentally shoot himself in the leg.

A parent recorded video of it, and Paige said the DEA released it. The video went viral, of course. Paige sued his employer, saying the release invaded his privacy and ended his ability to work undercover or give motivational speeches.

In late 2010 a U.S. District Court judge ruled that Paige had presented no evidence that it was the DEA which released the video. On Tuesday a three-panel appeals court upheld the decision, adding that there is no right to privacy because the incident occurred at an event that was open to the public.

Here is the video: