Extra LA County Workers Accused of Exchanging Kobe Bryant Crash Images – NBC Los Angeles


A brand new submitting in Vanessa Bryant’s invasion of privateness lawsuit in opposition to LA County notes that not less than 18 workers, together with Sheriff’s deputies and firefighters, took, exchanged, or possessed pictures of human stays from the Kobe Bryant helicopter crash scene, a larger quantity than had beforehand been alleged.

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

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

Final 12 months Sheriff Alex Villanueva mentioned there have been 8 deputies underneath investigation, and Bryant’s earlier authorized filings included the names of 4 of them.

Bryant’s legal professional additionally notified the County that it needs a forensic examination of cellphones that belong to, “not less than ten extra Sheriff’s and Fireplace Division personnel recognized to have possessed pictures of the accident scene on their private cell telephones.” It was proposed a impartial third-party forensic professional can be employed to look at the units. 

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 underneath seal, unsuccessfully arguing the deputies would turn out to be the goal of, “vitriol and social media assaults.”

U.S. District Court docket Decide John F. Walter dominated in March that the general public’s robust curiosity for details about regulation enforcement misconduct outweighed the County’s speculative issues 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 pictures have been shared inside the division, the detective couldn’t even establish the title of the deputy who despatched him the pictures,” Bryant’s attorneys wrote in courtroom papers. 

Sheriff Villanueva mentioned final 12 months that he ordered the concerned deputies to delete the pictures, 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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