As Vanessa Bryant’s invasion of privacy trial against the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department continues, more and more shocking information has begun to arise. Earlier this morning, TMZ reported that “8 deputies took personal cellphone photos of the remains of Kobe and Gianna Bryant…”, later spreading them around publicly. As if the death of Kobe, Gianna, and the rest of the passengers wasn’t tragic enough, but now this? Apparently, this incident isn’t a first-time occurrence either, with many L.A. Cops compiling photos of deceased celebrities into “ghoul books”.
Personally, I’m shocked that anyone has the stomach to take multiple photos of lifeless bodies, let alone of a sports icon in not only Los Angeles but the entire world. Again reported by TMZ, an officer in the L.A. Sherrif’s Department claimed that Deputy Doug Johnson took around one hundred photos throughout the crash scene. It amazes me that someone could derive comedic joy out of such a saddening event. When news broke of Kobe’s passing, NBA fans across the world could barely function for hours, days, and maybe even weeks after, making this recent development even more appalling. I hope Vanessa and the rest of the Bryant family receive the closure and privacy they deserve – and the corruption within the L.A. Sherrif’s Department is completely uprooted. As always, rest in peace Kobe and Gianna.
*Information for this article was obtained from TMZ*