By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva admitted that his deputies did share photos from the Kobe Bryant crash scene. He ordered the deputies, who had the images, to delete them.
Bryant, along with eight others, was killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. The helicopter went down in dense fog.
Despite the photos being ordered to be deleted, the Los Angeles Times is reporting that there are concerns of a destruction of evidence.
Last week, the Times reported that deputies had ‘graphic photos’ from the crash scene on their phones. These deputies in question also allegedly shared them in a personal setting, the report said.
While the deputies shared them with each other, at this time, it is not clear if they have reached the public’s eye.
“That was my No. 1 priority, was to make sure those photos no longer exist,” Villaneuva said to KNBC4. “We identified the deputies involved, they came to the station on their own, and admitted they had taken them and they had deleted them. And we’re content that those involved did that.”
The department, according to Yahoo Sports, was alerted that the photos existed after a tipster called in and reproted what they had heard. The tipster allegedly overhead a conversation that a trainee deputy was having with a bartender when the trainee deputy claimed that they had photos from the scene.
Vanessa Bryant — Bryant’s widow — is reportedly “absolutely devastated — by the reports, according to her lawyer Gary Robb.
“This is an unspeakable violation of human decency, respect, and of the privacy rights of the victims and their families,” the statement said. “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.”
The photos allegedly involved eight deputies — who have not been identified at this time. He said they either “taken, seen, or exchanged the photos.” The trainee deputy was assigned to the Lost Hills Station, according to KNBC4, where the accident happened.
“We’ve communicated in no uncertain terms that the behavior is inexcusable,” Villanueva said. “I mean, people are grieving for the loss of their loved ones. To have that on top of what they’ve already gone through is unconscionable. And, to think any member of our department would be involved in that.”
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