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Rihanna drops L.A. police commission president's cellphone but gives $25,000 to cadets, fallen officers fund
Singer Rihanna supports LAPD fallen officer and cadet fund with $25,000 donation
Rihanna drops police commission president's cellphone; makes up with $25,000 check to LAPD

Singer Rihanna donated $25,000 to a fund for cadets and fallen officers after dropping L.A. Police Commission President Steve Soboroff's cellphone last week as they took a selfie courtside at a Clippers game.

Soboroff announced the singer's donation to the Los Angeles Police Foundation at a police commission meeting Tuesday. By chance, he sat next to the pop star at a game last week and they took a selfie with LAPD wristbands on.

The image of the two snapping a selfie went viral when Rihanna dropped Soboroff's phone, smashing it. The British Daily Mail referred to Soboroff in a caption titled "Rude boy" that referred to him as a "jolly older gentleman" on a paparazzi shot of the pair joking courtside.

"Sorry I broke your phone," Rihanna tweeted later.

Soboroff said he thought the photo would help boost morale after a series of tragic deaths within the LAPD, which has lost five officers in the last two months -- four in collisions and one of a heart attack.

The commission president saw the broken phone as another chance to raise money for under-served students who want to participate in the LAPD's cadet program. He is auctioning it on EBay, where bids are running at more than $1,200.

Soboroff saw Rihanna at Sunday night's game and explained his idea to auction the phone. She wrote, “Sorry! I ♥ LAPD. Rihanna,” on the phone.

The commission president says the singer went a step further and pledged $25,000 to help fund police cadets from underprivileged backgrounds and the families of fallen officers.

In 2009, Rihanna was a victim of a domestic violence involving her then-boyfriend, singer Chris Brown, as they drove in a sports car from a Grammy party. Brown was convicted of felony assault after an investigation by the LAPD.

Brown is in jail serving a year sentence for violating probation on that conviction.

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