This August 10 began the lawsuit brought by Vanessa Bryant, widow of basketball player Kobe Bryant, who accuses the authorities of having taken photos of the helicopter crash that claimed the lives of her husband and daughter. According to information from TMZLos Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Doug Johnson said on the stand that he has no regrets about photographing the remains.
More than two years ago, basketball legend Kobe Bryant lost his life in a helicopter crash in Los Angeles. His 13 year old daughter, Gianna, as well as seven other people on board had also perished in the crash. Following this tragic accident, Vanessa Bryant accused the authorities of having taken photos of the scene despite the claim made to Sheriff Alex Villanueva to secure the site the same morning. “As the Sheriff’s Office later admitted, there was no investigative benefit to these officers taking photos at the crash site. They took the photos for their own purposes”indicated the complaint. Vanessa Bryan also accuses the county of then releasing the images to people outside the investigation. “It infuriates me that the people I trusted to protect the dignity of my husband and daughter abused their position to obtain memorabilia of their deaths, as if possessing photos of their remains somehow made them thing special kinds”she explained in 2021 in an official statement.
The sheriff’s deputy acknowledges the facts
“January 26, 2020 was and always will be the worst day of Vanessa Bryant’s life.”said the widow’s lawyer at the opening of the trial on Wednesday August 10. “They poured salt on an incurable wound”, he explained. One of the defendants, Doug Johnson, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy, spoke on the third day of the trial. According to information from TMZHe allegedly admitted taking dozens of photos, mostly close-ups, of human remains located around the wreckage. The order would have come to him from one of his superiors, even if this superior in question had declared that he had never given such an order. Doug Johnson also claimed he had no idea the NBA legend and his daughter would lose the victim game. In a ravine near the accident, he would also have taken photos of the body “of a black child with long hair”, presumably Gianna’s. The trial is expected to continue in the coming days.