According to Vanessa Bryant's lawyer, on the day of the crash, she went to the Sheriff's Department to request that the site become a designated no-fly zone in order to protect the privacy of the victims and their families. He said that it was of “critical importance” to her to protect their dignity.

He also said of the heartwrenching discovery that it was “inexusable and deplorable”, and “an unspeakable violation of human decency.” The existence of the photos was unveiled when, in the days following the crash, a deputy trainee went to a bar and showed a woman the photos in an attempt to impress her. Their conversation was then overheard by the bartender, who found it so disturbing he filed an online complaint with the Sheriff's Department.

According to Bryant's lawyer, “Mrs. Bryant is grateful to the individual who filed an online complaint exposing these acts of injustice.”

He also said that “Sheriff Alex Villanueva assured us all measures would be put in place to protect the family's privacy, and it is our understanding that he has worked hard to honor those requests.”

As previously reported by TMZ, the deputies who took photos of the crash site were ordered to delete them in the days following the incident, and if they had done this no action would be taken. Vanessa Bryant's lawyer also stated that she wants “the harshest possible discipline, and that their identities be brought to light, to ensure that the photos are not further disseminated.”