Los Angeles officials allegedly knew that sharing graphic pictures of the NBA star Kobe Bryant, who was killed in a crash, would cause trouble in the land, so they ordered them to be dubbed as ‘plutonium’ and gotten rid of.
Cornell Sky, a public information officer for the LA County Fire Department, informed the jury on Tuesday that the photos of the helicopter crash in 2020 became public after the first responders shared them, revealing the extent of the damage.
TMZ reported that the department received a warning from an official regarding their actions, according to Cornell, who confessed to investigators that he ‘desired to witness Kobe’ while the images were being circulated.
‘Just a reminder folks, there are no hidden information! One way or another individuals get revealed,’ the email read according to Cornell.
‘He felt the need to dispose of them,’ and referred to the images as ‘plutonium,’ acknowledging that he had distributed the photographs during an awards ceremony, colleague Tony Imbrenda further stated.
Another public information officer, Imbrenda, was grilled on Wednesday while testifying that Mike Golden shared pictures of the helicopter crash during the 2020 journalism awards gala ceremony in Southern California.
Cornell mentioned that this was the moment he first encountered the pictures, none of which showed Bryant’s dead body but did depict other human remains.
On Thursday, Cornell informed the court that he claimed they were not given the opportunity to share the graphic pictures as the setting was not appropriate for training.
Imbrenda manages the photographs, referred to as ‘the individual in control of the photographs,’ Kahan forwarded them to Imbrenda and captured the initial photographs of the accident, stated another fire official, Arlin Kahan, who gave testimony on Thursday.
Kahan stated that his photographs were meant to record the crash site, rather than capture images of human remains.
Contrary to Widow Vanessa Bryant’s attorney’s claim, it was a fire captain, not Kahan, who captured the crash photos for documentation reasons.
“According to Insider, the lawyer stated, ‘You were not even a primary responder.'”
Kahan also asserted that his intention was to remove the photographs once the investigation concluded.
In the latest trial, Vanessa filed a lawsuit against the LA County sheriff’s office and fire department for invasion of privacy after officers shared the images of the crash.
Following the occurrence, Deputy Michael Russell of the LA Sheriff’s Department disclosed that he sent images of the crash to Deputy Ben Sanchez from the Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Office earlier in the current week.
According to TMZ, it was reported that Deputy LA fellow Joey Cruz allegedly obtained photos of the crime scene.
Russell admitted during his testimony that he was working diligently to accurately depict the images that investigators originally told him about, and he also acknowledged making errors.
‘I committed errors,’ he informed the court, stating that he did not face any disciplinary measures for disseminating the explicit images.
On Tuesday, Cruz gave testimony and also confessed that he displayed pictures of the accident to a bartender in order to “alleviate the pressure” he had been experiencing from the lawsuit.
On Monday, Brian Jordan, a retired LA County firefighter, claimed that he was ordered by his superiors to take photos of the helicopter crash site, despite the site crashing and the chiefs denying issuing any such orders.
Jordan refuted transmitting the pictures to anyone beyond the sheriff’s or fire departments, but occasionally seemed perplexed regarding the occurrences.
‘The former firefighter told the court that he does not really remember the accident and does not remember what was up there.’
Jordan responded that he had no knowledge of the events that had transpired, and Luis Li, the attorney representing Vanessa, inquired as to why the laptop he submitted did not have its hard drive.
“I have no idea,” Jordan said, but added: “I did not tamper with any devices.”
According to Law and Crime, when questioned about whether he had captured images of Gianna Bryant’s remains, he purportedly replied, “I am not acquainted with her.”
‘I’m present due to unfounded accusations, so kindly avoid revisiting my mind to that collision,’ he remarked. ‘I am unaware of the subject matter I was capturing.’
Throughout his two-hour testimony, Jordan requested to be excused from the witness stand on three occasions, citing the emotional distress.
Jordan insisted that Anthony Marrone, the current deputy chief who has been serving as acting chief since August 1 this year, inform him in order to capture the photos.
Jordan exclaimed, “capture images, capture images, capture images,” Marrone and he were standing in a staircase when the command was issued.
In an official statement given in August 2020, Marrone refuted giving instructions to Jordan to capture photographs. Jordan further remarked, “Perhaps that is the solitary occasion when I ought to have defied authority.”
He expressed his recommendation to everyone to refrain from photographing any victims of the accident, as it would be both unethical and inappropriate.
Vanessa Bryant is pursuing unspecified compensation from both the fire department and sheriff’s department.
The court case is anticipated to continue for another week.