Over the weekend, Vanessa Bryant‘s legal team released a statement in regards to deputies of Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and Los Angeles County Fire Department sharing photos of the wreckage and remains from Kobe Bryant‘s tragic helicopter crash.
According to reports, deputies were reportedly transferring the photos via text messages and one deputy was spotted showing them off to a girl in a bar.
In the statement, Vanessa’s counsel, Gary C. Robb, encouraged others with information about the disseminated photos to contact them.
Read the full statement below:
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
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It’s so disheartening that on top of all of the pain, loss, and grief these families have experienced, they now have to deal with photos of their loved ones being passed around.
I hope every low life who snapped and shared a photo is held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.
Continued prayers to the families impacted by this tragedy.