L.A. Deputies reportedly took and shared gruesome photos of Kobe Bryant crash site — showed pics to "impress" people.— Complex (@Complex) February 28, 2020
L.A. sheriff's department says they're investigating. More details: https://t.co/eIwj6r4k3G pic.twitter.com/hoTDj8a4nK
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is investigating allegations that deputies shared graphic photos of the crash site where Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven others were killed. The department initially tried to cover up the leak for about three weeks, which happened within days of the crash. The victims' families have been alerted of the leak and Kobe's widow Vanessa is said to be "devastated."
According to the NY Daily News, an irate California bartender reported a deputy trainee who was showing the photos, which included remains of the victims, in an attempt to impress a girl. Beyond the cop at the bar, firefighters, first responders and other cops illegally took pictures of the bodies and were sharing and passing them around freely.
According to the sheriff's department, the matter is currently "under investigation."
Vanessa Bryant's statement: