Vanessa Bryant Wants Punishment for Deputies Who Shared Photos of Kobe and Gianna's Remains
Vanessa Bryant is still morning the loss of her husband, famous NBA player Kobe Bryant, and their daughter Gianna, but now she has been suffered another blow.
It has been reported that Vanessa is "absolutely devastated" after learning that Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies have been sharing photos of the late father and daughter.
"A VIOLATION OF HUMAN DECENCY"
According to attorney Gary C. Robb, Vanessa's legal representative, the grieving wife went to the sheriff's office after the fatal plane crash and asked for the area to be designated a "no-fly zone."
The request was made in order to keep photographers away from the crash zone and to respect the families' privacy, but someone allegedly took snaps of the crash and spread them.
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CORRECTED: The department at issue is the Los Angeles County Fire Dept (LACoFD) NOT the LAFD KANSAS CITY, Mo.--(repost: BUSINESS WIRE)--Statement From Gary C. Robb, Legal Counsel on Behalf of His Client, Vanessa Bryant: Our client, Vanessa Bryant, is absolutely devastated by allegations that deputies from the Lost Hills Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and Los Angeles County Fire Department publicly disseminated photos from the helicopter crash site. Mrs. Bryant personally went to the Sheriff’s office on January 26th and requested that the area be designated a no-fly zone and protected from photographers. This was of critical importance to her as she desired to protect the dignity of all the victims, and their families. At that time, Sheriff Alex Villanueva assured us all measures would be put in place to protect the families’ privacy, and it is our understanding that he has worked hard to honor those requests. First responders should be trustworthy. It is inexcusable and deplorable that some deputies from the Lost Hills Sheriff’s substation, other surrounding substations and LACOFD would allegedly breach their duty. This is an unspeakable violation of human decency, respect, and of the privacy rights of the victims and their families. We are demanding that those responsible for these alleged actions face the harshest possible discipline, and that their identities be brought to light, to ensure that the photos are not further disseminated. We are requesting an Internal Affairs investigation of these alleged incidents. Mrs. Bryant is grateful to the individual who filed an online complaint exposing these acts of injustice, and for the choice to protect human dignity. We ask that anyone else who has information as to the facts underlying these alleged grievous and shameful incidents contact our office at 816–474-8080 or email via www.robbrobb.com
Robb claimed that sharing the photos was "an unspeakable violation of human decency, respect, and of the privacy rights of the victims and their families."
The attorney said that, at the time, Sheriff Alex Villanueva assured them that all measures would be put in place in order to respect Vanessa's request.
LOOKING FOR THE JUSTICE TO BE MADE
On Friday, the Los Angeles Times wrote that a deputy had been showing the gruesome pictures to others at a Norwalk bar and that the situation was reported to the authorities by a concerned individual.
Michael Jordan was one of the most emotionally affected by the tragedy
Following the news that photos of the incident were being shared, Robb allegedly said that his client wants the deputies do be identified and the "harshest possible discipline" for those involved.
It has also been reported that, days after the crash, deputies were told that if they came forward and deleted the pictures they wouldn't have to face any disciplinary action.
The situation is currently being investigated and Patti Giggnas, chair of the Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission, is confident that the sheriff will "get to the bottom" of the case.
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My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time. Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them. We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe — the amazing father of our children; and my beautiful, sweet Gianna — a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri. We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday, and we share in their grief intimately. There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now. I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved. We were so incredibly blessed to have them in our lives. I wish they were here with us forever. They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon. I’m not sure what our lives hold beyond today, and it’s impossible to imagine life without them. But we wake up each day, trying to keep pushing because Kobe, and our baby girl, Gigi, are shining on us to light the way. Our love for them is endless — and that’s to say, immeasurable. I just wish I could hug them, kiss them and bless them. Have them here with us, forever. Thank you for sharing your joy, your grief and your support with us. We ask that you grant us the respect and privacy we will need to navigate this new reality. To honor our Team Mamba family, the Mamba Sports Foundation has set up the MambaOnThree Fund to help support the other families affected by this tragedy. To donate, please go to MambaOnThree.org. To further Kobe and Gianna’s legacy in youth sports, please visit MambaSportsFoundation.org. Thank you so much for lifting us up in your prayers, and for loving Kobe, Gigi, Natalia, Bianka, Capri and me. #Mamba #Mambacita #GirlsDad #DaddysGirls #Family ❤️
REMEMBERING KOBE AND GIANNA
On February 24, The Celebration of Live for Kobe and Gianna Bryant was held at Staples Center and was attended not only by fans but also by famous names such as Alicia Keys, Beyoncé and Michael Jordan.
Jordan was one of the most emotionally affected by the tragedy and, during his tribute, he couldn't help but break down in tears as he remembered how close he was to Kobe and how strong their bond was.