Eight deputies took photos of Kobe Bryant helicopter crash, but sheriff says ...

The Los Angeles County Sheriff says eight of his deputies were discovered to have taken photos of the wreckage of the helicopter that crashed and killed NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, 13, and seven others in Calabasas, California, on January 26.

Sheriff Alex Villanueva also said that he had the images deleted because the effect would have been 'unconscionable' to grieving family members. 

However, Villanueva also said that his officers did not break any rules.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva says eight of his deputies were discovered to have taken photos of the wreckage of the helicopter that crashed and killed Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, 13, and seven others in Calabasas, California, on January 26

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva says eight of his deputies were discovered to have taken photos of the wreckage of the helicopter that crashed and killed Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, 13, and seven others in Calabasas, California, on January 26

Villanueva also said that he had the images deleted because the effect would have been 'unconscionable' to grieving family members

Villanueva also said that he had the images deleted because the effect would have been 'unconscionable' to grieving family members

The deputies did not break any rules because the department does not restrict its officers from taking pictures with their cell phones, the sheriff says

The deputies did not break any rules because the department does not restrict its officers from taking pictures with their cell phones, the sheriff says

Deputies are not restricted from taking pictures on their personal cell phones. 

The officers were still placed under an internal investigation and could face disciplinary action.

In the days after the crash, and after an officer was accused of showing off the photos at a bar, deputies were ordered to come clean and delete the images to avoid disciplinary measures, two public safety sources told the Los Angeles Times.

Villanueva, however, said he ordered the photos destroyed as soon as he learned the images were taken by five full-time deputies and three reservists from the Lost Hills station. 

'I was horrified,' he said, offering his reasons for the destruction of the images. 

'I just felt betrayed by my own deputies 'cause it's such a hard thing to do as a first responder, go to a scene of such a horrific accident, talking to the families, three families that were there at the Lost Hills station, personally, and their concerns about privacy, and how we could make the day better for them if any way possible. And to have this happen, it was heartbreaking,,' Villanueva told KTTV. 

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