Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva says his department knows of eight deputies who allegedly took pictures of the January 26 crash site where Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others died.
At least some of the photos were reportedly shared with others.
At a press conference Monday, Villanueva said the images have been erased and that those allegedly involved are facing an investigation and possible disciplinary action.
While noting that only two units are authorized to take photographs — the coroner and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) —Villanueva described his reaction to the actions of the officials as a "sense of betrayal."
Though it is not illegal for law enforcement to take such photos, Villanueva say it is still against company policy.
On Sunday, Bryant’s widow, Vanessa, released a statement from her counsel, saying she was “absolutely devastated” by the reports.
Last Thursday, a law enforcement source told TMZ that a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department trainee allegedly took pictures at the site and “tried to impress a girl by showing her the photos” days later at a bar.
Per the website, a bartender at the establishment reportedly overheard the conversation and filed an online complaint with the Sheriff's Department.
In her statement, Bryant commended the reported bartender and praised the individual for “exposing these acts of injustice, and for the choice to protect human dignity.”