The sheriff informed CNN he was “shocked” to be taught in regards to the incident and mentioned he felt a “a way of betrayal.”
The one two teams licensed to take footage of the crime scene had been the Nationwide Transportation Security Board and the coroner’s workplace, Villanueva mentioned. “Anyone exterior of that may be unauthorized, they’d be illicit images.”
“First responders must be reliable. It’s inexcusable and deplorable that some deputies from the Misplaced Hills Sheriff’s substation, different surrounding substations and LAFD would allegedly breach their responsibility. That is an unspeakable violation of human decency, respect, and of the privateness rights of the victims and their households,” the assertion mentioned.
“We’re demanding that these chargeable for these alleged actions face the harshest doable self-discipline, and that their identities be dropped at gentle, to make sure that the images usually are not additional disseminated. We’re requesting an inner affairs investigation of those alleged incidents.”
Because of this incident, Villanueva mentioned his division is making an attempt to alter their insurance policies to be extra particular. They’re additionally making an attempt to get laws handed in Sacramento that may make it unlawful to take images of crime scenes that show
s human stays. Ought to that legislation cross, it might allow legislation enforcement businesses to acquire search warrants, Villanueva mentioned.
He is additionally reached out to the households concerned within the crash, together with the Bryant household, to specific his disgust on the deputies’ alleged actions.
“I personally apologized … on behalf of the poor conduct of our staff and we wish to make issues proper,” Villanueva informed CNN. “We do not wish to lengthen or enhance anyone’s anguish.”
CNN’s Sarah Moon and Shawn Nottingham contributed to this report.