‘I was ordered to take pictures of Kobe’: Former Fire Captain says but superiors denies that they didn’t give such orders.
Brian Jordan, a retired Los Angeles County fire captain said that he was ordered to take pictures of the deadly helicopter crash that left Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others dead.
Following what Brian Jordan’s testimony, his superiors denied, saying they didn’t issue those orders.
During his testimony, he was grilled about the photos he took of the fatal crash back that killed the 41-year-old NBA legend and his daughter in January 2020.
Bryant’s widow, Vanessa, is currently suing LA County sheriffs and fire departments for invasion of privacy after officers allegedly shared photos of the crash site with others.
Retired Fire Captain Denied Sharing Gruesome Photos With Anyone Outside Of The Department
For his part, Jordan said he never shared the images with anyone outside of the sheriff’s or fire departments, however he did appear confused at times when asked about events, the outlet reported.
“(I) really don’t remember being at the accident,” he repeatedly told the court. “(I) don’t remember what was up there.”
When Luis Li, Bryant’s attorney, asked Jordan why the laptop he provided authorities was missing its hard drive, he said he was unaware of it, but that “he did not manipulate any devices.”
“I have no clue,’ Jordan said, but added: ‘I did not manipulate any devices.”
Former Fire Captain Insists Fire Chief Told Him To Take Photos, Which Chief Denies
During his testimony, Jordan insisted then-deputy fire chief Anthony Marrone, who as of August 1 is acting fire chief, told him to take the photos.
“He said, ‘take pictures, take pictures, take pictures,” Jordan said, before describing a stairwell he and Marrone were standing in when he was given the order. “Maybe that’s the one time I should have been insubordinate.”
Marrone denied telling Jordan to take any photos, he said in a sworn testimony provided back in August 2020.
He added that “taking such photographs would neither be right nor appropriate,” and said he instructed everyone to not photograph any crash victims.
The trial is expected to last another week.