Vanessa Bryant 'devastated by report deputies shared graphic photos of Kobe ...

Vanessa Bryant has called for the 'harshest discipline' against the LA deputies accused of sharing graphic photos of the helicopter crash scene where Kobe Bryant, their 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others were killed. 

The Los Angeles Times reported on Thursday that a public safety source with knowledge of the events had seen one of the photos on the phone of another official in a setting that was not related to the investigation of the crash.

He said the photos showed the scene and victims' remains and now Mrs Bryant has called the cops' alleged actions 'inexcusable and deplorable'. 

Vanessa Bryant's lawyer, Gary Robb, said that she went to the sheriff's office on January 26, the day of the crash, 'and requested that the area be designated a no-fly zone and protected from photographers.' 

Vanessa Bryant is 'absolutely devastated' by allegations that cops shared graphic photos of the crash scene where her husband and daughter died

Kobe, their 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others perished in the crash

Vanessa Bryant is 'absolutely devastated' by allegations that cops shared graphic photos of the crash scene where her husband and daughter died. Kobe, their 13-year-old daughter Gianna (right) and seven others perished in the crash

A public safety source with knowledge of the events had seen one of the photos on the phone of another official in a setting that wasn't related to the crash probe

'This was of critical importance to her as she desired to protect the dignity of all the victims, and their families,' Robb said. 'At that 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.'

Robb said the sharing of photos would be 'an unspeakable violation of human decency, respect, and of the privacy rights of the victims and their families.'

He called for those who shared the photos to 'face the harshest possible discipline, and that their identities be brought to light, to ensure that the photos are not further disseminated.'

The source spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the allegations. 

Mrs. Bryant is grateful to the individual who filed an online complaint exposing these acts of injustice, and for the choice to protect human dignity.

The Times reported that it's unclear how widely the photos might have been disseminated and who was involved. It's additionally unclear whether the deputies had taken the photos themselves or received them from someone else.

The Times also reported on Friday that the Sheriff's Department quietly ordered deputies to delete any photos of the helicopter crash scene after a citizen complained that a deputy was showing the gruesome images at a Norwalk, California, bar, two public safety sources with knowledge of the events said. 

The Times reported that it's unclear how widely the photos might have been disseminated and who was involved. It's additionally unclear whether the deputies had taken the photos themselves or received them from someone else

The Times reported that it's unclear how widely the photos might have been disseminated and who was involved. It's additionally unclear whether the deputies had taken the photos themselves or received them from someone else

The Times also reported that the Sheriff's Department quietly ordered deputies to delete any photos of the helicopter crash scene after a citizen complained that a deputy was showing the gruesome images at a California bar

The Times also reported that the Sheriff's Department quietly ordered deputies to delete any photos of the helicopter crash scene after a citizen complained that a deputy was showing the gruesome images at a California bar

The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department said in a statement Friday it was investigating the allegations detailed in the newspaper's report. 

Capt. Jorge Valdez, a spokesman for the sheriff's department, said the department had contacted the victims' families because of the newspaper's inquiries.

The Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs, the union that represents rank-and-file deputies, declined to comment specifically on the allegations.

'As with all investigations, we will aggressively represent our members and preserve their rights,' the union said in a statement Friday.

The Los Angeles Sheriff's

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