Kobe Bryant Crash Photos Subject of Cover-Up by Sheriff's Dept.

Deputies who responded to Kobe Bryant‘s helicopter crash site and took pictures of the remains were given a secret way out without repercussion … TMZ has confirmed.

Law enforcement sources tell us … in the days after the crash, top brass at the department was aware some of their lower-level deputies had snapped shots of the scene as well as of the remains found, and were showing them to people in and out of the department.

We’re told a message was relayed to the Lost Hills substations and possibly others as well … if you got Kobe pics — come in, come clean and delete them. Do that, and you won’t be punished. That’s essentially the directive we’re told was handed down by commanding officers.

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