Vanessa Bryant filed a legal claim Friday regarding the release of a photo taken by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputy in her husband, the Kobe Bryant helicopter crash, according to People.
People obtained copies of the claim, which said Vanessa Bryant sought damage for emotional and mental sadness after learning that eight deputies took graphic photographs of accident scenes on their personal cellphones. A spokesman for the Bryant family confirmed the submission of the claim with People.
Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others died in an accident Helicopter crash near Los Angeles on the morning of January 26th.
Site photos were shared although Vanessa Bryant spoke with Sheriff Alex Villanueva on the morning of the accident to ensure it would be secured for privacy.
“But in reality, no less than eight sheriff’s deputies were on location taking cellphones of dead children, parents and coaches,” the claim said. “As the Department will recognize later, there is no purpose of an investigation for deputies to take pictures at the scene of the accident. Instead, deputies take photos for their own personal needs.”
Villanueva told reporters in March that only the district inspection office and the National Transportation Safety Board investigator were permitted to photograph the scene.
That Los Angeles Times reported in February that photos of the accident site were shared by deputies, and Villanueva confirmed in March that someone notified the department when they heard a representative of a trainee who allegedly shared photos with someone in a bar.
Bryant’s submission criticized the sheriff’s department for handling the situation and claimed the deputies were told that they would not be disciplined if they deleted the photos.
“Mrs. Bryant has experienced a great tragedy by losing her husband and daughter; her sadness has been compounded by severe emotional distress caused by the mistakes of the sheriff’s deputies and the mishandling of the Sheriff’s Department,” the claim said.
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