Extra Accused of Exchanging Kobe Bryant Crash Scene Pictures – NBC Los Angeles


A brand new submitting in Vanessa Bryant’s invasion of privateness lawsuit towards LA County notes that at the least 18 staff, together with sheriff’s deputies and firefighters, took, exchanged, or possessed photographs of human stays from the Kobe Bryant helicopter crash scene, a larger quantity than had beforehand been alleged.

An legal professional representing Bryant stated in a declaration this week {that a} complete of 66 “brokers or staff” of the Sheriff’s and Fireplace Departments had information of the pictures or the sharing of images, which based on Bryant’s lawsuit filed final fall, included graphic photographs of her lifeless husband.

The 66 embrace, “eighteen people who took, shared, or possessed photographs of the accident scene,” wrote legal professional Craig Jennings Lavoie. 

Final yr Sheriff Alex Villanueva stated there have been 8 deputies beneath investigation, and Bryant’s earlier authorized filings included the names of 4 of them.

Bryant’s legal professional additionally notified the County that it desires a forensic examination of cellphones that belong to, “at the least ten extra Sheriff’s and Fireplace Division personnel recognized to have possessed photographs of the accident scene on their private cell telephones.” It was proposed a impartial third-party forensic knowledgeable can be employed to look at the gadgets. 

Lavoie didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. He filed the declaration as a part of an effort to consolidate the authorized actions filed by the households of different crash victims. 

In March Bryant revealed in a public courtroom file the names of the 4 Sheriff’s deputies she accused of taking or distributing images from the scene of the January 26, 2020 crash close to Calabasas that claimed the lives of her husband, her 13-year-old daughter Gianna, John, Keri, and Alyssa Altobelli, Sarah and Payton Chester, Christina Mauser, and the pilot, Ara Zobayan.

LA County had sought to maintain the deputies’ names beneath seal, unsuccessfully arguing the deputies would turn out to be the goal of, “vitriol and social media assaults.”

U.S. District Courtroom Decide John F. Walter dominated in March that the general public’s sturdy curiosity for details about regulation enforcement misconduct outweighed the County’s speculative considerations about potential harassment. 

Earlier courtroom filings from Bryant’s attorneys claimed the distribution of the crash scene images was so widespread, one unidentified Sheriff’s Division detective couldn’t keep in mind how he obtained the photographs.

“As a sign of how casually the photographs had been shared throughout the division, the detective couldn’t even determine the title of the deputy who despatched him the photographs,” Bryant’s attorneys wrote in courtroom papers. 

Sheriff Villanueva stated final yr that he ordered the concerned deputies to delete the photographs, which Bryant’s attorneys have characterised in courtroom filings as an effort, “to hamper investigators.” Attorneys for Bryant and for LA County didn’t reply to requests for remark. The LA County Sheriff’s and Fireplace Departments didn’t instantly reply inquiries.

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