Cops circulating crime scene photos are not unique to the Kobe Bryant accident – this has been happening since OJ Simpson murder case – with a former LAPD officer testifying to seeing a Polaroid of Nicole Brown Simpsonis the corpse.
Former Los Angeles Police Department officer Adam Bercovician expert witness hired by Vanessa BryantNicole’s legal team testified that he and other cops in his position saw a close-up of Nicole’s body after she was killed in June 1994.
The former police officer testified that illicit photos of human remains – the so-called ‘books of death’ – are common among law enforcement … and not something unique to the Kobe crash .
Bercovici testified that there was no legitimate reason for deputies to take photos of the remains.
Although it is a painful issue for the family and friends of the deceased, Bercovici says not enough has been done to end the practice.
Luella Weireterthe wife of an LAFD fire captain also spoke out, testifying that she saw a group, including another fire captain, view the photos at a local awards show about three weeks after the deadly accident.
Weireter, who says she didn’t look at the photos, heard another woman say “I can’t believe I just looked at Kobe’s burnt body and now I’m about to eat.”
This is just one of the horrifying and gruesome moments in the trial…which began earlier this week, and was very emotional for Vanessa and her family.
Bryant sobbed in court During opening statements on Thursday, when his attorney told the 10-person jury that 8 LA County sheriff’s deputies took photos of Kobe and gigithe bodies at helicopter crash stage without personal use.
Vanessa’s lawyer says she lives “in fear, anxiety and dread” that the photos will ever be released… saying she will be forever haunted by the actions of the deputies.
Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinkawho was Kobe’s agent, spoke on Thursday and barely got to talk about his close relationship with KB.
On Thursday, the jury heard from an LA bartender … who testified that a deputy showed him photos of the crash scene at his bar. Bryant’s attorney showed screenshots of the surveillance video that appeared to show the laughing bartender after seeing the gruesome photos.
In her lawsuit, Vanessa claims the deputies’ conduct caused her severe emotional distress, claiming the photos were an invasion of privacy. LA County attorneys say Vanessa’s emotional distress is a result of the fatal crash, not the photos.
The trial is expected to take place next week.