LA County Sheriff Reveals 8 Deputies Were Involved in Sharing Kobe Bryant Helicopter Crash Scene Photos
The LA County Sheriff expressed regret over the discovery of eight deputies involved in propagating unauthorized photos from the scene of Kobe Bryant's helicopter crash. A devastated Vanessa Bryant reportedly asked for the harshest punishment for them.
Eight deputies were reportedly responsible for the spread of graphic photos taken from the site of the helicopter crash that claimed the lives of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gigi, and seven other passengers.
According to LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, the deputies have been identified and are currently facing disciplinary action.
Villanueva expressed his shock in learning who was responsible for taking the photos which Vanessa Bryant tried to prevent on the day of the crash. She reportedly went to the sheriff’s office that day and asked to ban photographers from the scene to protect the victims’ privacy.
News of the unauthorized photos first came to light after a bartender overheard a deputy trainee showing photos of remains from the crash to another woman at a bar.
Villanueva revealed that only two groups of people were authorized to take photos from the scene of the accident. These were the county coroner’s office and those investigating for the National Transportation Safety Board.
As such, Villanueva said the eight deputies who took unauthorized photos violated department policy. However, he adds in disappointment, their actions do not constitute a crime against the law.
LA Sheriff orders destruction of Kobe Bryant crash photos shared by 8 deputies https://t.co/jSdYvRluVI— Pasadena Star News (@PasStarNews) March 3, 2020
Villanueva has since apologized to the families of the victims who didn’t need to go through pain all over again with the release of the photos. The deputies reportedly sent them to several people inside and outside the department.
News of the unauthorized photos first came to light after a bartender overheard a deputy trainee showing photos of remains from the crash to another woman at a bar. The bartender reacted by immediately filing an online complaint with the Sheriff’s office.