LA Sheriff's Deputies are investigating who in the department may have leaked graphic Kobe Bryant helicopter crash photos, some reportedly showing remains of the victims.
Photos hit the internet, many of which have been taken down, that where morbid and graphic of the crash site where Kobe's helicopter went down, killing 9 people. The photos reportedly show human remains and were shared with other officials who were not part of the investigation. A department spokesperson would only say the matter is being looked into. They still haven't figured out how far the photos leaked. LA Times reported that, "One of the sources told The Times that the sharing of photos of the crash scene and the victims’ remains was the topic of a discussion among first responders two days after the crash. The source said he saw one of the photos on the phone of another official, in a setting that had nothing to do with the investigation of the crash. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the matter."
The NTSB is still investigating the cause of the crash and hasn't released any reports on what may have caused it.
Sharing photos of any investigation is unauthorized in most cases and becomes a very serious matter for the department. They've fired deputies before for leaking video of Mel Gibson's drunken anti-semitic rant and for leaking photos of Rihanna after her domestic dispute with Chris Brown.
I get it, we are a very voyeuristic society, but some things aren't for public consumption. Wanting to see people who have traumatic injury to their body, that caused death, is morbid and gross. I always remember those "Faces of Death" videos that went around when I was young. I could never watch those. It's just not appropriate, and for photos of this nature to fall into the family members view, would be even more hurtful and cause undue heartache, in an already dark time.
(Source: LA Times)
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