The firefighters who shared unauthorized and graphic pictures of the January 2020 helicopter crash that killed Laker legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and 7 others might be fired.
NBC News Los Angeles studies, in accordance with court docket paperwork, the Los Angeles County Hearth Division “deliberate to terminate the employment of two firefighters and droop a 3rd.” The court docket docs have been filed on Might 11 by Vanessa Bryant for a federal lawsuit for invasion of privateness towards Los Angeles County.
In December, the 2 firefighters have been despatched “intention to discharge” letters that concluded that they had taken pictures of the useless our bodies within the helicopter wreckage that “served no enterprise necessity” and “solely served to attraction to baser instincts and wishes for what amounted to visible gossip.”
It’s not clear if the unnamed firefighters have been terminated.
A spokesman for the Los Angeles County Hearth Division, Capt. Ron Haralson, declined to remark, in accordance with NBC Information Los Angeles.
In September, Bryant filed a lawsuit towards the Los Angeles County Sheriff and his division resulting from leaked pictures of the crash.
In March, according to NBC News, Bryant referred to as out the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Division for not releasing the names of the deputies, writing in her Instagram tales, “They need their names to be exempt from the general public. Anybody else dealing with these allegations could be unprotected, named and launched to the general public.”
She additionally added, “Kobe’s title was launched when he was accused in 2003. Why ought to sheriffs get away with hiding? #doublestandard”
Vanessa Bryant is referring to when Kobe was accused of rape in 2003, which turned a world story.
In March of 2021, Vanessa Bryant publicly released the names of the officers however the names weren’t made public from the Might 11 submitting.
In March 2020, the Times reported that deputies have been requested to delete any pictures of the incident after the Division obtained a grievance that an official with the Sheriff’s Division was displaying pictures at a bar. The L.A. Sheriff’s Division has been accused of getting an extended historical past of sharing pictures from investigations involving celebrities, including the 2009 attack on singer Rihanna by her then-boyfriend, performer Chris Brown.