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Kobe Bryant's Wife Vanessa Calls Sheriff's Deputies Who Took Death Photos 'Deplorable', Demands Investigation

By Ryan Naumann

Kobe Bryant’s family is demanding an investigation into the deputies who took and shared photos of the helicopter crash site and victims.

Vanessa Bryant’s lawyer released a statement about the situation reading, “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.”

He claims Vanessa 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.”

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Vanessa says at the 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.”

The lawyer continues, “First responders should be trustworthy. It is inexcusable and deplorable that some deputies from the Lost Hills Sheriff’s substation, other surrounding substations and LAFD 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.”


Vanessa’s lawyer added, “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.

Vanessa says she is grateful to the person who filed an online complaint “exposing these acts of injustice, and for the choice to protect human dignity.” Her lawyer is asking anyone with information on the situation to contact them at “816–474-8080 or email via”

Recently, Officers were accused of sharing photos with other third parties. An investigation has been launched by the Sheriff's Department.

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