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‘Ghoul Books’ Widespread Among Cops, Kobe Bryant Jury Told

  • Expert witness calls for clear policies on photo sharing
  • Bryant’s widow sued LA County for invasion of privacy
Wreckage of the crashed helicopter that was carrying Kobe Bryant in Calabasas, California, Jan. 26, 2020.

Wreckage of the crashed helicopter that was carrying Kobe Bryant in Calabasas, California, Jan. 26, 2020.

Photographer: David McNew/Getty Images North America

Compiling grisly photographs from accident and crime scenes into “ghoul books” is a longstanding, problematic tradition among police officers in southern California, a law enforcement expert said in a trial over leaks of photos from a helicopter crash where NBA superstar Kobe Bryant was killed.

Law enforcement needs to develop specific and clear policies when it comes to taking and sharing such photos, Adam Bercovici, who spent 30 years in law enforcement, told a jury in Los Angeles Friday.