California’s Kobe Bryant law bans photos of the dead by first responders | Sport

California will make it illegal for first responders to take unauthorized photos of deceased people at the scene of an accident or crime, a law inspired by the death of the basketball star Kobe Bryant.

On Monday, the state’s governor, Gavin Newsom, approved the legislation, which will take effect in January. The bill was authored after reports emerged that some Los Angeles county sheriff’s department deputies had snapped photos of the site in Calabasas where Bryant and seven others died in a helicopter crash, and shared the images.

His widow, Vanessa Bryant, sued the sheriff’s department earlier this month, claiming invasion of privacy, negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress over the alleged sharing of photos of the site where her husband and daughter, 13, died.

Eight deputies were accused of taking or sharing graphic photos of the scene, said Alex Villanueva, the Los Angeles county sheriff, adding that he

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California’s Kobe Bryant law bans photos of the dead by first responders | Kobe Bryant

California will make it illegal for first responders to take unauthorized photos of deceased people at the scene of an accident or crime, a law inspired by the death of the basketball star Kobe Bryant.

The state’s governor, Gavin Newsom, approved the legislation on Monday, which will take effect in January. The bill was authored after reports emerged that some Los Angeles county sheriff’s department deputies had snapped photos of the site in Calabasas, where the Bryant and seven others died in a helicopter crash, and shared the images.

His widow, Vanessa Bryant, sued the sheriff’s department earlier this month, claiming invasion of privacy, negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress over the alleged sharing of photos of the site where her husband and daughter, 13, died.

Eight deputies were accused of taking or sharing graphic photos of the scene, said Alex Villanueva, the Los Angeles county sheriff, adding that

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California governor signs law forbidding first responders from taking photographs following death of Kobe Bryant

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill on Tuesday prohibiting first responders from taking photographs of accident scenes, a law prompted by the death of NBA star Kobe Bryant.



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The law, which takes effect on Jan. 1, will make it a misdemeanor crime for anyone who “responds to the scene of an accident or crime” to take a photograph of a deceased person for any purpose unrelated to law enforcement or the “genuine public interest.”

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First responders convicted of violating the law could face fines of up to $1,000 per offense.

The legislation was drafted after eight deputies from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Office were placed under investigation after photographs of Bryant’s remains were shared after he died alongside his 13-year-old daughter and seven others while en route to a basketball tournament earlier this year. At the time, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said that

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Newsom signs law against first responders taking pictures following death of Kobe Bryant

California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomGOP online donor platform offering supporters ‘Notorious A.C.B.’ shirts Newsom signs law allowing transgender inmates to be placed in prison by their gender identity OVERNIGHT ENERGY: California seeks to sell only electric cars by 2035 | EPA threatens to close New York City office after Trump threats to ‘anarchist’ cities | House energy package sparks criticism from left and right MORE (D) on Monday signed into law legislation that makes it illegal for first responders to take unauthorized pictures of people killed at the scene of an accident or crime, the Associated Press reported

The measure was first proposed in May following the January helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant and eight other people. After the accident, local deputies were accused of taking and sharing graphic photos of the victims from the crash site. 

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said at the time

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