L.A. sheriff’s deputies tried to sell photos of victims of helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant, daughter, and friends

Vanessa Bryant
Los Angeles: Vanessa Bryant sobs during the memorial for late husband, Kobe Bryant and daughter, Gianna help on February 24, 2020 at Staples Center. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images
Still reeling from the loss of husband, Kobe and daughter, Gianna, L.A. County sheriff’s deputies just served up a fresh helping of heartache on to Vanessa Bryant already full plate.

According to the L.A. Times, sheriff’s deputies were trying to sell Kobe’s death scene pictures to media outlets. Bryant’s attorney, Gary C. Robb, requested an internal affairs investigation, and the “harshest possible discipline” for those responsible after it was revealed that first responders to the January 26 helicopter crash took unauthorized photos of the disaster, later sharing them with other county employees. Nine people died in the accident.

Calling the unprofessional behavior “inexcusable and deplorable”, Robb said the actions of the deputies were “an unspeakable violation of human decency, respect, and of the privacy rights of the victims and their families.”

After she was notified of the accident, Vanessa Bryant asked for a no-fly zone so ghouls couldn’t take pictures of the death scene. “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,” Robb said.

Robb has demanded that the deputies be involved be identified “to ensure that the photos are not further disseminated.”

Reports are that Vanessa Bryant is “absolutely devastated” by this scandal and may pursue legal action.

Stacey Mickles

Stacey Mickles is a native of Birmingham, AL and has worked as a lifestyle reporter and sports writer over the years.

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