*A coalition of Los Angeles Civil rights leaders are requesting to monitor the current investigation that was just launched concerning allegations that Los Angeles County deputies shared graphic photos of the helicopter crash scene where Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others were killed on Jan.26, and are also calling for a meeting with Sheriff Alex Villanueva the head of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to discuss this matter.
This past Thursday several media outlets reported 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. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the allegations.
Monday, March 2
Time 11:00 am
Location: Leimert Park
4305 Degnan Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90008
“Our coalition of civil rights leaders are calling for the names of the deputies to be released publicly to ensure the photos aren’t sold and will not continue to be shared. We also are calling for the deputies involved to be terminated for violating department policy and not protecting the privacy and dignity of all the victims and their families. When deputy’s and first responders are responding to a tragedy in which lives are lost taking unauthorized photos and then sharing them publicly is the ultimate betrayal to grieving family members who have lost loved ones. Law enforcement should be on the scene helping and not exploiting a tragedy for their own self-gain.
“The fact 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 is also destruction of evidence. It’s important our coalition of leaders be allowed to monitor the probe immediately.” The Bryant family and the seven other victims’ families deserve accountability and justice from the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department. Our coalition is determined to fight for justice. No grieving family should have to go through this betrayal by law enforcement that we assume we can trust,” states Najee Ali, CEO of Project Islamic Hope.
Sponsored by: Project Islamic Hope.
The Southern Christian Leadership.
Conference.(SCLC) Pastor William Smart.
The Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable.
Earl Ofari Hutchinson.